Parents accuse teachers over poor performance
Learning at a primary school in Kangema Sub County was disrupted for the better part of last week after parents camped at the school demanding immediate transfer of all the school’s teachers.
The irate parents of Kayu Primary school complained that the school had performed poorly in national examinations for several years.
The parents castigated the teachers for not taking education of their children seriously and accused the school head teacher of misappropriating school funds and other resources.
In a meeting convened at the school on Friday to solve the crisis, the parents aired their grievances before the area TSC officials and the County Women Representative Sabina Chege, calling for immediate transfer of all the teachers.
“We are bitter with the teachers of our school as some have developed a tendency to insult our children and we know some have over-stayed in this school for over 30 years and this has greatly affected performance of our children,” complained one of the parents, James Ndirangu.
He accused the school head teacher who was not in the meeting for being rude to parents citing some cases where the headmaster resulted to assault some parents when questioned on matters concerning the school’s administration.
The Women representative blamed the county education officials for delaying to solve the dispute saying the children had lost a lot of learning time.
Ms Chege said the TSC should consider the plea of the parents and do the necessary changes of the school’s teaching fraternity.
The Women Rep, who is also the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee of Education, expressed her concerns over low education standards witnessed in some public schools.
“My appeal is for education officials to do impromptu visits to schools and ensure learning is being done as expected but not to wait until parents come out to complain about poor performance,” said Ms. Chege.
She called upon parents to be active in following education progress of their children through visiting schools and consulting teachers on their performance.
The county TSC deputy director Ms Martha Mbugua said the commission would do some changes but dismissed the call to transfer all the teachers.
“We are going to transfer some teachers after consultation and listening to the side of teachers but it’s a big challenge to transfer all the teachers. So I appeal to you parents to allow learning to proceed as we are embarking to effect the changes,” Ms Mbugua promised.
Meanwhile, the Women Representative condemned an incident where underage girls were rescued from early marriage in Mukuyu area near Murang’a town.
Ms Chege said it was unfortunate to see girls aged 16 years eloping from school to get married by older persons.
Last week, at Mukuyu location, four girls were rescued from early marriage by the area chief accompanied by local residents.
She said parents who allowed their underage girls to get married should be apprehended and made to face the law.
Ms Chege also warned parents to be careful about the schools they took their children to after it emerged that some schools were out to radicalize young children.
She said those schools claiming to be offering sponsorship for young learners should be monitored and parents should beware of the traps which may be used by terrorists to attract children.
By Bernard Munyao