Parents storm school and eject principal over poor results

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Kisii County Director of Education Philip Chirchir with Bishop Mairura in this file photo. He has castigated parents of Gekonge Secondary for ejecting the principal over poor 2023 KCSE results.

Parents of Gekonge Secondary School in Kisii County have stormed the school and ejected the principal over poor 2023 KCSE results.

Led by their Board chairman Zephaniah Mose, they bought a padlock and closed the principal’s office after sending him away and vowing to beat him up if he returned.

They claimed that the school has never taken any student to university for the last eleven years despite having good infrastructure and learning facilities, accusing the principal and his deputy of laziness and lack of vision to take the school to the next level.

“We want them transferred to any other school to be tried there because we are tired of their inability to lead the school,” said the chairman.

The parents further accused the principal of inability to control teachers, whom they said report to school at 9.00am and leave early.

A Bodaboda rider who was hired by parents to lock Gekonge Secondary School gate after the ejection of the Principal and his deputy.

They said if the head is sick, then the whole body becomes sick and there is a need for urgent medication.

Reacting to the conflict, Kisii County Director of Education Philip Chirchir condemned the parents for taking the law into their own hands, asking the parents to follow the right procedures in demanding what they feel is their right.

“Teachers are employees of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and any problem touching on them should be channelled through this body,” he said.

He told parents to embrace peace and allow students to continue with their studies, promising to investigate the matter to get the way forward based on the parents’ grievances.

By Enock Okong’o

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