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Karamugi Girls Parents want Principal transferred

A  section  of  Parents  and  Board members  of  Karamugi  Girls  Secondary  School  in Tharaka-Nithi  County  want  the  Principal, Ms. Elizabeth  Wanja  removed  alleging  mismanagement of the institution.

The  angry  parents  accused  the  principal  of  running down the  institution  resulting  to  poor  performance and creating  disharmony  with the former board and parents. They also accused her of bias towards some teachers and students  while  discriminating others.

In  a  letter  addressed  to  TSC  Tharaka Nithi County  Director, Abukar Hassan by  three  parents: John  Ndung’u, Jamleck  Mutembei  and Peter  Njuguna, who are class representatives, the principal was accused of conducting a parent associations  elections contrary to the Education Act, 2013.

The  three alleged she oversaw the elections while acting as the returning officer and a voter in addition to coercing two  teachers to vote for the candidate that she wanted.

In  the letter  they  claimed that her intention was to have a chairperson that she would manipulate.

They  said  BOM and Parents Association had unanimously wanted the elections held during the second term but she  disregarded   them and called for the election on March 18 this  year.

They  also  claim  that the teaching fraternity is a divided house where teachers who do not pledge loyalty to her live in   fear of being victimized through instigated transfers to hostile areas.

“The  principal  has failed to post good results for the school, despite us parents providing her with a very good
environment  and  resources. Children live in fear and the end results being poor results,” read the letter.

Some  BOM  members and a teacher contacted by the press want the principal transferred to another location for the  school  to  restore  its  lost glory.

Ndung’u, in  a  letter  to  Cabinet  Secretary, George  Magoha  claims the principal implicated eight students with offences  that  they never  committed.

“She implicated them because she had bad blood with parents who resisted her attempts to impose a parent’s association  chairperson who was her favourite,” claims Ndung’u in the letter.

When  the principal  was  contacted she denied the allegations terming them as work of propaganda by a few parents who  wanted  to have their way in Parents Association representative elections.

On  allegations of implicating the girls, Ms Wanja claimed that they were found with drugs and appropriate action was taken  including counseling the girls and are now back in school.

The  Tharaka  Nithi TSC Director, Abukar Hassan acknowledged receiving a complaint from the parents upon which he ordered an investigation and made appropriate recommendations to TSC.

The  Regional Education Coordinator, Patrick  Khaemba also confirmed receiving the complaint adding the aggrieved parents  had their children enlisted for indiscipline that involved possessing and abusing drugs.

On  performance  of  the  school, Khaemba said the decline  was not just in that school and could be due to the reforms in the  education sector.

By  Kimani  Tirus

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