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Teacher flees after caning class six pupil to death

22 January 2016, 12:21 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A class six pupil from Githungo Primary School, Kieni Nyeri County, has died after he was caned by his teacher over indiscipline.

According to the school headteacher, 12-year-old Kelvin Kaguira collapsed shortly after their teacher gave him six strokes on the back using a stick.

The headteacher, Joseph Karume, however absolved the teacher from any blame saying the boy was suffering from epilepsy.

He narrated that the boy was punished alongside other five pupils who delayed in the field for five minutes hence getting late for the afternoon class.

Karume said the deceased had on Sunday fainted and resuscitated after three hours.

“The boy was known to panic very fast especially when shouted at. He had fainted on Sunday after church and also on Monday for three hours and 30 minutes respectively,” said Karume.

He noted that the teacher accused of punishing the deceased, Isaac Gachoka has since gone into hiding after the boy’s parents threatened to attack him.

“Afternoon classes are scheduled to resume at 1.45pm. But some pupils were late leading to the discipline action. The incident is an accident because the teacher had no bad intentions against the boy,” said Karume.

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He added that first aid efforts did not yield results.

However, according to fellow pupils, Kaguira collapsed on his desk immediately after he was caned by the teacher whom they said was violent and harsh to pupils.

The headteacher produced a short stick saying it was the one used in the caning, which was dismissed by the pupils.

The boy’s grandmother, Gladys Njoki Kaguira said the deceased had not been diagnosed with epilepsy and accused the headteacher of protecting the said teacher.

His parents are following up the matter with area education officers.

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