Headmaster kills himself as parents attack teachers over KCPE
Posted Wednesday, January 4 2012 at 22:00
- One headteacher commits suicide and others have been assaulted and run out of school as angry parents vent their anger over poor examination results
- Parents protesting against their children’s poor performance in last year’s exam take out their anger on school heads, roughing them up and locking them out of institutions
A headteacher committed suicide and scores of others were roughed up by irate parents protesting against poor results in last year’s KCPE examination.
One school head was badly injured, another was dragged out of his office and warned never to set foot in the school.
Six others were locked out of their offices by angry parents as the new school term started.
In a number of schools across the country, headteachers just went into hiding, fearing attacks from parents after their schools performed poorly, raising serious questions about the safety of teachers and school administrators.
Police in Narok County confirmed that the headteacher of Kalyet Primary School in Mulot Division, Mr Geoffrey Kiplang’at Sigei, had taken his life after the school’s results were cancelled by the Kenya National Examinations Council over irregularities.
Mr Sigei’s body was found by relatives in a tea plantation in Bureti District on Tuesday.
Before he committed suicide, the headteacher had gone into hiding after learning that all his 38 candidates had failed to obtain their results since their English and Kiswahili scores were cancelled, said Bureti police boss Smollets Munyianzi.
He initially sought refuge at a relative’s home and then said he was going to visit a friend on New Year’s day, never to be seen alive again, according to the police boss.
The family started looking for the teacher from the time he left the relative’s home until Tuesday, when his brother, Mr Joseph Sigei, reported the matter to Litein Police Station.
“His wife called relatives wondering why the teacher was not communicating to them. It was then that the family started searching for the teacher, only for his mother to find his body in the tea bushes,” said Mr Munyianzi.
The body was taken to Kapkatet District Hospital mortuary for a postmortem examination.
Another headteacher was attacked and seriously injured by irate parents who accused him of lowering the education standards of a school in Kakamega County.
The angry parents of Matioli Primary School stormed the school on Tuesday and attacked the headteacher, Mr Juma Shirovere. The incident disrupted learning at the school for the rest of the day.
A similar incident was witnessed in the neighbouring Itenyi Primary School, where angry parents blocked the headteacher from accessing his office — demanding that he be transferred.
Area education officer Luke Chebet, however, defended the two school heads and instead blamed parents for failing to cooperate with teachers.
He explained that Matioli Primary School had performed poorly because parents had failed to ensure that their children attended classes.
He said the class eight pupils had only appeared in the school to register as KCPE examination candidates early in the year and disappeared, only to resurface two days to the examination.