11 January 2013

Kenya: Migori Parents, Pupils Reject Transfer of Head Teacher

Learning at Remo Primary School in Migori district was yesterday halted after parents and pupils went on the rampage to protest the transfer of the head teacher.

Led by the school chairman, Okal Ndire, parents claimed the outgoing head teacher, Fanuel Owiti, had lifted the institution's academic standards and asked the Government to cancel the transfer.

Ndire led twig-wielding parents and students in a peaceful 15-kilometre march to Rabuor Divisional Headquarters where they presented their grievances to area DO, David Masaiyan.

Ndire said teachers have been on go-slow since the school re-opened for the academic year. "Pupils and parents on hearing of the transfer went on rampage and wanted to destroy school property before they resorted to the peaceful demo," Ndire said.

But the DO told parents to be role models to children by airing their grievances in a peaceful manner. "Building the school has been a joint effort between parents and the Government and children should not resort to violence as a way of airing grievances," Masaiyan said.

Masaiyan said the institution's academic performance may be affected by vandalism and asked the administration to liaise with other stakeholders in order to enhance standard as the Government pursues other issues facing the institution.

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