The Star (Nairobi)

29 January 2013

Kenya: Kilifi Student Wants Teacher Arrested

A student in Kilifi has asked Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo to take action against a teacher who did not register her for last year's KCPE.

Fourteen-year-old Betty Mwende, who was a student at St Catherine's Barack Obama and Michelle Obama Academy in Mtwapa, was not ranked yesterday as her headteacher, Catherine Ogolla, failed to register her and 36 of her classmates for the exams. A tearful Mwende said she was expecting to perform well in the exams because she had been revising hard.

"When I see my friends receiving their results I feel like crying. I have wasted a year which I will never recover. She should be arrested and charged in court," said Mwende. "My father has however encouraged me and I will read hard so that I can be admitted to a national school next year."

Her father David Wambugu said attempts to get the former headmistress arrested and charged for conning parents have been unsuccessful.

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