2 January 2013

Kenya: Row Over Demotion of School Head

A row has erupted at Morako Secondary School in Nyamira county after the principal Peterson Ontiri was demoted and transferred.

Parents who converged at the school to discuss the matter read accused area MP Walter Nyambati of being behind Ontiri's problems. The former principal is now a teacher at Riooga Secondary School.

During the meeting, parents and Nyambati's supporters exchanged bitter words and physically confronted each other with the parents accusing those behind Ontir's transfer of malice and lack of regard for their children's welfare.

But the parents' spokesman, Joseph Momanyi said since Ontiri was posted to the school three years ago, he has improved the average score from 2.5 to 6 in KCSE.

A man who was recording the proceedings on his mobile phone was flushed out of the meeting, with parents accusing him of ill intent.

The parents were irked by Nyambati's assistant, Simba when he claimed that he had the right to be in the meeting.

Simba was roughed up when he said the MP has been very supportive of the principal and was not behind his removal and demotion.

Simba argued that Nyambati was the patron of the school by virtue of his post.

Momanyi said if Ontiri will not be reinstated, then the Ministry should promote the school's deputy principal.

He said parents as well as students were disillusioned and asked the SDA church which is the sponsor and the government to investigate the matter and find an amicable solution.


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