Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) has condemned the tragic murder of Thomas Kibet, who was the Headteacher at Kagir Primary School in Baringo North.
Kibet was murdered on Saturday while on a motorcycle with his wife and a child on their way to Kipcherere Secondary School for a parents’ meeting when they were ambushed by armed bandits in Namba area.
In a statement released on Monday through the Association National Chairman Johnson Nzioka , KEPSHA demanded the government to prioritize the safety and security of teachers, especially those working in volatile areas.
The Association demanded the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to book.
“Circumstances surrounding Mr. Kibet’s killing are deeply disturbing, and they underscore the urgent need for enhanced security measures, particularly in areas prone to violence and insecurity,” Nzioka said.
Nzioka said that no educator should ever have to fear for their safety while carrying out their noble duties.
He said that Kibet’s life story was one of resilience and dedication. Despite losing his sight in a vicious attack by bandits in 1978, he continued to serve his community and the education sector with unwavering commitment and determination.
He noted that the teacher’s remarkable courage and perseverance served as an inspiration to all those who knew him.
“Despite his disability, his decision to continue serving as an educator speaks volumes about his passion for shaping young minds and contributing to the betterment of society,” part of the statement read.
Kagir Primary School, which has been under his leadership, is one of the top-performing schools in Baringo County.
The school topped in Baringo North in the 2023 KCPE exams where it produced a candidate with 411 marks.
By Obegi Malack
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