Jamhuri Primary school’s crisis escalated to TSC for an action

The Jamhuri Primary school matter that saw learning paralyzed in the school since Monday has been escalated to the Teachers Service Commission in Nairobi.

This is according to the Nakuru County Director of Education Lawrence Karuntimi in a meeting at the school on Wednesday attended by security team led by County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, County Police Commander Stephen Matu, KNUT, parents among others.

In his address to the parents who had raised concerns about the mismanagement of the school by the school head teacher Ms Beatrice Nyawira, the County Education Director said the matter of the transfer of teachers will now be handled in Nairobi.

He added that a communication form the highest level office will then be made to the parents.

“Concerning the transfer of the teachers as requested by parents, we have escalated that issue to the next level and administrative action will be taken and then communicated to you” said the education officer.

The parents had on Monday held demonstrations demanding that Teachers Service Commission transfers the head teacher from the school citing mismanagement and lack of ability to involve the parents through the Board of Management.

They had also raised concerns over security of the pupils accusing one of the teachers for allegedly practicing devil worship within the school and trying to recruit the pupils.

Through the Board of Management Chairman Denis Okomol, the parents have vowed to ensure that no learning takes place in the school until TSC meets their demands.

“We still hold the view that the two teachers Ms Beatrice Nyawira and Ms Catherine Njeri should be transferred form the school” said Okomol.

The parents have also demanded that the illegal transfer of 3 teachers from the school be revoked.

During the heated Wednesday’s meeting that was held under tight security, Nakuru County Director of Education Lawrence Karuntimi also directed that, “ there should be no irregular levies: Any levy should be as per the guidelines of the Cabinet Secretary Education”.

Parents had raised several complaints over the irregular levies that the school head teacher was charging them contrary to the Ministry’s guidelines.

Meanwhile, Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui had difficult time in addressing the irate parents during the meeting.

Trouble commenced after the county Commissioner began faulting parents over what he termed is denying the pupils their rights to education by holding demos and making pupils stay away from classrooms.

“Am not happy since the pupils are not yet back to school due to this issue. It is illegal for parents to take their children to the streets. We need to reason together to end this crisis” said Mbui.

On the allegations of devil worshipping in the school as raised by parents, the county commissioner directed that the allegations can only be proven in a court of law.

He was however quick to note that the issue shall be investigated urging parents to be ready to record evidential statements.

By the time of publishing story the County Commissioner together with his security team, the education officials and Parents through members of the Board of Management of the school had gone into a closed door meeting over the matter.

The county commissioner assuring media that amicable solution must be reached so that learning can resume at the school.

A spot check in classrooms only a handful of pupils despite the regional County Commissioner on Monday directing that learning resumes on Tuesday.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui addressing parents at Jamhuri Primary school in Nakuru on March 4,2020.

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