The Star (Nairobi)

28 June 2012

Kenya: Kivui Parents Hold Protest

Parents with children at Kivui Primary School in Mwingi Central district yesterday protested a DO's failure to heed their demand to order the removal of the school head teacher by pulling their children out of the school. The parents collectively kept all the about 460 pupils out of school only a day after the met the Mwingi central DO 1 Beatrice Ndenga and education authorities on Tuesday to demand the immediate removal of the head teacher Ngui Musili for alleged poor showing.

The about 120 parents who were led by the school committee chairman Mutunga Musunza had travelled to Mwingi town-30 kilometer away- where the demonstrated in the streets in rejection of the head teacher.They had earlier added an extra padlock at the head teacher's office denying him entry.

Carrying tree twigs and placards written among other things "Musili Must Go, Musili Must Go" the parents proceeded to the Mwingi Central DC office in a bid to present a protest letter and memorandum of their grievances to DC Peter Kinuthia. They were met by the DO because the DC was out of office.

In the memorandum the parents claimed its performance mean score (in KCPE) has dipped from 310 when he took over in 2004 to 241. They further cited lack of transparency in the way the teacher handled school finances without involving the committee and demanded an audit of finances. The parents recommended that Musili must be removed and replaced immediately, a demand that was dismissed by the DO 1 resulting to yesterday's move by the parents to keep the children away from school.

Although Ndenga said she needed permission from the DC to disclose to the media was discussed in the meeting between her and the Kivui parents, a source in the meeting disclosed that she promised that auditors would be sent to the school soon. Our source further disclosed that the DO 1 fiercely differed with the parents move to lock the head teacher out of his office and asked them to remove the extra padlock they had placed on the head teacher's office door. The parents protested by keep children at home yesterday.

When the star reached the embattled head teacher, Ngui Musili, he dismissed all allegations leveled against him as mere falsehoods. While confirming that children did not go to school yesterday, Musili said he has been running a wonderful institution where all affairs were run transparently. He claimed that in the wake of the wild and baseless allegations leveled against him by the parent, borne of malice, he felt that his life was in dangers and he was ready to take a transfer to another school. "I am ready to move to another school were my services will be appreciated. The continued stay in this school put my life on the line and I have therefore decided not to visit the institution until I am full assured of my security," said the head teacher.

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