The Star (Nairobi)

6 July 2012

Kenya: Headteacher 'Injures' Pupil

Parents of Mathanja Primary School in Githunguri are seeking justice after a class six pupil was beaten and injured by headteacher for failing to shave his hair. The head teacher Samuel Boro is alleged to have slapped and kicked the class six boy after he came to school in long hair.

After the incident, the boy and other pupils who had paid their tuition fees were sent home. The parents said thy took the boy to hospital for treatment after he came home with injuries. "My son came home crying saying the head teacher had slapped him severally and kicked him and I could see the injuries on his face. I took him to hospital where he was treated before I reported the matter to the police,"said the boy's father James Njoroge. Njoroge said that since last week the police had not done anything to arrest the head teacher and the boy is afraid to go back to school for fear of the head teacher.

Githunguri parents association chairman Dominic Muriku said that they received the complaint and followed it up with Githunguri police and indeed a P3 form was issued and the head teacher had not been summoned by the police. "the incident happened as the boy was beaten up badly by the head teacher and the doctors report says so and there was a P# form applied but the head teacher has not yet been summoned by the police and we as parents association will head straight to court,"said Muriku.

Kiambu kenya national union of teachers executive secretary general Clement Gicharu dismissed the allegations against the teacher saying that it was a grudge between the parent of the boy and the head teacher to malign his name. "The story is all wrong as there was no visible evidence that the boy was beaten up as they claimed and this is a plot to tarnish the name of the head teacher and i foresee a fabrication to get money from the head teacher as the parent had sought to settle the case out of court,"said Gicharu.

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