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Pupils stone teachers in protest

Tuesday January 14 2014

TSC boss Gabriel Lengoiboni. Students and pupils across the country have continued to oppose teacher transfers being effected by the TSC. Teachers who have been transferred have until Thursday to report to their new stations or face disciplinary action. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

TSC boss Gabriel Lengoiboni. Students and pupils across the country have continued to oppose teacher transfers being effected by the TSC. Teachers who have been transferred have until Thursday to report to their new stations or face disciplinary action. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA  

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Students and pupils across the country have continued to oppose teacher transfers being effected by the TSC.

Teachers at a primary school in Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County, were Monday pelted with stones by pupils who were protesting the transfer of their headteacher.

CHARGED AT THEM

The teachers at Manywanda Primary had to flee as the learners charged at them.

The pupils were protesting the transfer of both the headteacher, Mr John Odira, and his deputy Michael Odiwuor.

When they saw the headteacher arrive at the school for a possible handing over, they stormed out of the school to seek audience with the sub-county education officer, Mr Maurice Jayoro.

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Speaking to the Nation, Mr Jayoro said he read mischief in the whole issue.

“My office has embarked on an investigation to ascertain whether the protest was engineered by a teacher,” he said.

Meanwhile, a row has erupted at Nyabisawa Girls’ Secondary School in Migori County, following a move to make ‘weak’ learners repeat Form Three.

Parents complained that they did not have more money to pay for the extra year and demanded that their daughters be allowed to proceed to Form Four unconditionally.

“Who do they want to impress by a selecting a few bright candidates to move to Form Four to sit for national exams? It is against the Education Act to force students to repeat a class against their will,” a parent who sought anonymity said.

Some of the parents who visited the school said the move would increase their financial burden as they had other children in secondary school.

The principal, Ms Beatrice Kure, said the move, though illegal, was a “resolution made during a meeting between parents and the board of governors.”

In Bomet County, more than 400 students of Olbutyo Boys’ Secondary School Monday staged a peaceful demonstration to protest the transfer of the headteacher, who was moved in the reshuffle that affected 18 schools last week.

The learners, who walked 23km to the regional headquarters, accused the new principal, Mr John Mutai, formerly the deputy head of Sigor High School, of trying to impose rules that he copied from his former place of work without consultation.