10 June 2012

Kenya: Row Over Moi Girls' Eldoret Head Transfer

Trouble is brewing at Moi Girls High School in Eldoret following the removal of the school's Senior Principal, Magdaline Sang. She was transferred by the Teachers Service Commission last week. Parents and a section of teachers have protested against the move and claimed there was political interference with operations at the school whose board chairman is KWS Director Dr Julius Kipng'etich.

TSC secretary Gabriel Longoibon recalled Sang just days after an audit report confirmed that she had been managing the school well. The report indicated that the school's savings had gone up to Sh70 million from Sh6 million when she took over three years ago. Jane Rotich is the new principal. She has been serving at Kapkenda Girls, a provincial school in Keiyo. Sang is in Job group Q while Rotich is in job group N. Only senior teachers in job group Q can run national schools. The parents complained that the new head was ranked lower than many of the teachers in the same school and she may have a problem managing it.

Kimng'etich denied having played any role in the transfer of the principal. "There was no reason for Sang's removal and the school performance has improved under her. Why bring in someone whose school had a mean score of less than 7.8 yet Sang had attained a mean score of 10.5", said the parents. They have also lamented that the board comprises of members from one location, Barmasai, Kimngetich, Kamar and the new principal, in Keiyo district.

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