September 24th 2017

Society / Education

Teachers rush to CS Matiang’i seeking transfer after a beating by their pupils

Teachers refuse to be posted to arid and semi-arid areas. They also decline to be posted to hardship areas, often opting for towns and easily accessible stations," said Emmanuel Manyasa, Uwezo Kenya country manager

By Lucy Mwihakilmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 21 Jun 2017 12:52 EAT

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i.

Kenyans are reeling in shock and disbelief following reports that five female teachers at Kirimon Primary School in Samburu were beaten up on Monday by their male pupils, with three sustaining serious injuries.

The concerned teachers are now demanding transfer vowing never to return to that school. The five teachers have written to Teachers Service Commission (TCS) asking to be quickly transfered saying they would not return to the school. The school has 13 teachers against a population of 756 pupils.

Speaking at Karimoni Administration police post on Tuesday, they said their security was not guaranteed, owing to insecurity cases and gun attacks. The same incident is said to have happened in the year 2010 and 2013 and this is the third time.

Teachers refuse to be posted to arid and semi-arid areas. They also decline to be posted to hardship areas, often opting for towns and easily accessible stations," said Emmanuel Manyasa, Uwezo Kenya country manager.

But the boys have defended their action saying they were justified to do as they did because they were being intimidated by the teachers. According to a letter the boys wrote before they ‘canned’ their teachers said”Our teachers are chasing us from school for nothing, they are denying us our right to education”.

The standard six pupils accused the teachers of leading them to fail in examinations as they “are chasing us home and insulting, calling us old whenever we go to staffroom to ask question.

The aggrieved teachers are now calling on the Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi and the Kenya National Union of Teacher secretary general Wilson Sossion to help them secure the transfers.

Their demand for transfer might however complicate things as data presented to Parliament by Dr Matiang'i last year revealed only six counties were fully staffed and did not require additional primary school teachers.

The data that was tabled before the House Education Committee revealed primary schools in Kiambu, Kisii, Murang'a, Nyamira and Nyeri were adequately staffed. The rest of the counties recorded a shortage of less than 1,000 teachers for primary schools.

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