Learning at Lalagin primary school in Bureti, Kericho County came to a temporary stand still this morning after enraged parents stormed the school and ejected the school headmaster, citing continuous poor performance in the national examinations.
The parents led by a section of the school board, cited endemic poor performance of the school in the national examinations, and complained that, this year alone the school posted a mean of 205 with the highest student scoring 344 marks.
The parents also accused the school head teacher Mr. Andrew Tonui of running another private school which he owns, adding that the issue affected learning affairs in the school.
“We do not want to see this headmaster managing the education affairs of this school and we are appealing to the education ministry to send another head teacher to the school,” said Waziri Kemboi.
Kemboi said that the head teacher had divided and manipulated the school primary board, which is also running the school day secondary school, which was initiated three years ago.
He said that the head teacher and a few select board members were now running the primary and secondary school alone, having excluded them completely.
The Bureti Sub-County Education Officer, Mr. Joseph Ole Pirdai denied the claims, saying that a few parents in the school only want to politicize matters of the institution.
Pirdai said that he had this morning sent an officer from his office and the Litein location, Chief Moses Mutai to visit the school and address the problem.
Speaking on phone to KNA, the Lalagin Sub-location assistant Chief, Mr. Reuben Rono said that normalcy had returned to the school and that learning was now ongoing. He said that a meeting to resolve the matters raised by parents was on-going in the school.
By Dominic Cheres