Principal in Kisii given 72 hours to vacate school over poor KCSE results

Amabuko Secondary School

Lawrence Juma, the Principal of Amabuko Secondary School in Kisii County, has reportedly been given 72 hours to vacate the school.

The threats were allegedly issued through leaflets of paper found around the school premises.

In the warning messages, Juma was accused of poor management, leading the school to attain a mean score of 4.8 in last year’s KCSE exams, down from 9.8 in 2022.

He was further accused of running the school ‘like his personal kiosk’ and spending most of his time in local bars in drinking sprees.

Allegedly, his poor management contributed to embezzlement of leaving the school account bankrupt with nothing to pay support staff for the last few months.

However, parents in the area have denied any association with the hateful leaflets, saying that whoever spread those papers clearly does not have a child at the school.

“We built this school and have seen it rise and fall but never have we blamed teachers because it takes collective responsibility to build education standards,” said one of the parents.

He appealed to the Police and Ministry of Education to investigate the source of the leaflets and bring the culprits to book.

Efforts by Education News to contact the County Director of Education (CDE) Philip Chirchir for comment had borne no fruits by the time of publishing this story.

The County Police Commander Charles Kases said that he had not received any reports regarding the matter but promised to investigate the same.

By Enock Okong’o

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