The Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) has condemned the harassment and humiliation of St Gabriel Isongo Secondary School principal by members of community because of poor KCSE results.
The principal was humiliated by being forcibly marched out of the school premises after the school purportedly posted dismal results in the 2023 KCSE. The school is in Kakamega County.
In a press statement, the association through its national chairman Johnson Nzioka, called on the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) to take the necessary measures to safeguard the honour of the teaching fraternity.
They asked the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the National Government to apprehend the culprits and resolve the matter in a manner that ensures the well-being of teachers and school administrators, putting an end to the unfortunate trend.
Nzioka said KEPSHA recognizes the significance of holding teachers accountable for academic outcomes, but firmly denounces any form of harassment or intimidation.
“Education is a collaborative effort involving teachers, parents and communities, and such incidents undermine the very foundation of this collaboration. It is crucial to acknowledge that addressing challenges in our education system requires collective responsibility,” part of the statement dated 17th January 2024 read.
The association called for a united front in fostering a conducive environment for learning, where teachers, parents and communities work together to uplift education standards.
“Pointing fingers and resorting to acts of aggression only serve to further divide and hinder progress. The release of national examination results is undoubtedly a moment of reflection for all stakeholders, and it is imperative that we approach these situations with a sense of responsibility and commitment to improvement,” he said.
KEPSHA said it emphasizes the need for open communication channels between schools and communities, fostering understanding and mutual support. Moreover, the association urged parents and community members to actively engage in constructive dialogue with teachers to identify challenges and collaboratively develop solutions.
By Obegi Malack
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