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Secondary school heads condemn attack on colleague over poor performance

Secondary school principals have strongly condemned the attack on their colleague at Isongo Secondary School in Kakamega who was ousted by angry parents on claims of poor examination results.

Principals from several secondary schools in Murang’a County who held a presser at the County TSC offices condemned the attack saying there are better ways to address such grievances.

Speaking on behalf of the school principals, Mr. Willy Kuria who is the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KSSHA) chairman, condemned the incident and said the parents should have used the right avenues to address their grievances in a dignified manner.

Kuria said that parents should not attack or assault teachers and added the culprits behind the incident should be arrested and charged.

“Attacking and beating up teachers in their schools is not acceptable and cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.

Kuria stated that David Wafula of Isongo Secondary School in Kakamega was ambushed and attacked in his office and frog matched out of the school by armed and drunk persons who should be dealt with accordingly.

“The head teacher has recorded a statement with the police and therefore the attackers should be arrested and prosecuted,” Kuria said.

The parents of Isongo reportedly blamed the teacher for poor performance noting that in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, 173 out of 179 students at Isongo Secondary school scored grade D- (minus) while 4 scored grade E.

The KSSHA chairman called upon the Cabinet Secretary for Interior to address the issue promptly saying that several other teachers are living in fear and they need to be assured of their safety.

He noted that if not properly addressed this unfortunate instance could lead to a surge in similar acts across the country which would adversely affect education.

Kuria called upon the Teachers Service Commission to transfer all the affected teachers for the sake of their security and their dignity.

By Purity Mugo and Anita Omwenga

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