Jamhuri primary school closed as parents cite mismanagement, devil worshipping cases

Jamhuri Primary school in Nakuru East sub county of Nakuru County was indefinitely closed down on Monday morning after irate parents held demonstrations accusing the school Administration of mismanagement and devil worshipping claims.

The parents who were at school as early as 6am claimed the school Administration has been conducting business without involving parents.

The parents who paralyzed learning activities at the school also accused one teacher at the school of practicing devil worshipping.

Led by their chairman Denis Okomol,the irate parents together with the pupils held demonstrations from the school compound to the Rift valley Regional Commissioner’s office demanding an address from the Regional TSC officer.

However, the TSC officer’s failure to show up saw the parents and pupils camp outside the offices.

They vowed not to go back to school until the two teachers are transfered from the school.

According to Okomol,the matter has been raised severally with the TSC office but no solution yet.

He claimed the school head Ms Beatrice Nyawira is being protected by the TSC officer despite the bad history.

The head teacher is said to have been transferred to Jamhuri Primary after pupils form her former station held demonstrations over her mismanagement.

The parents also accusing the school head over financial issues Amon them mismanagement of funds disbursed to the school from area NG-CDF kitty.

Further, the school head has been faulted for charging parents extra money that cannot be accounted for.

“We have raised this issue severally with TSC office but no solution is coming forth and that is why we had to demonstrate and demand the transfer of the two teachers” said Okomol.

Similar sentiments echoed by Ms Niver Oluchiri.

Niver who is also a member of the BOM at the school said the school head lacks Administrative skills as she makes decisions without consulting the parents.

“She has been doing this on her own without consulting” she said.
Our attempts to reach the school Administration for a comment did not positively result.

But in a quick rejoinder Rift valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya addressing media in his office over the matter ordered that the learning in the school resumes on Tuesday.

According to Natembeya, the gist of the complains is that there is no good working relationship with parents and teachers.

He however added that such issues should not involve or infringe on pupils’ rights to education.

While noting that the complains have been there since the beginning of the year, the RC revealed that a committee was formed to look into the matter but there was some communication breakdown leading to the demonstrations.

Natembeya however assured parents that the matter shall be solved amicably.

“We are saying that the school be reopened and learning resume on Tuesday as we look into the concerns raised by parents objectively” said Natembeya.

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