Kenya's Most Authoritative Political Newspaper

Citizen Weekly

Sunday, 3 May 2015

School with two heads pulling apart

Conflicts of interest between Nyaribo Primary School head teacher and the deputy in Nyeri Central over school management and administration, affected results of the 2014 KCPE.  Investigation has revealed that the conflict of interest has attracted school stakeholders, teachers and pupils expecting to reap the best out of their efforts.   
 The parents refused to hold an election for school management committee last month until next term, when the ministry of Education will have released the necessary election guide lines. The parents complain about school levy increase, ranging from Sh1480 for classes one to three and another Sh1680 for classes four to eight, excluding Sh900 for 2015 KCPE registration as pictured.  The local community members elected three Catholic Church representative members for the school sponsor, who were rejected by the headteacher on grounds that the election time was not yet.  
  The school acting chairman who is a pastor claims the school should not be Catholic Church sponsored since majority of the pupils are not Catholic followers.
 The local Catholic Church chairman complains that the school children were denied the right of going for morning church service on Ash Wednesday, as it is ever traditional in the past years. Now, the headteacher who confirms that he has had some difficult time since he came to Nyaribo Primary School, has complained in writing to Nyeri county TSC staffing officer about the deputy, accusing him of 11 different counts. The letter dated April 2 2015 which was made available to this writer, was copied to Nyeri Catholic Archdiocese Education secretary, county director TSC officer, county director of education and Knut executive secretary.     The letter was not copied to the provincial administration hierarchy. Among the 11 counts of which the deputy teacher is accused include incitement, insubordination, professional misconduct about which the deputy headteacher has dismissed as baseless allegations.        Among recent allegations are that the deputy lured some parents to take their children to a dispensary with intention of asserting that they suffered stomachache after eating lunch.     
Stakeholders want TSC to transfer the two headteachers and and start afresh for the benefit of the children.