Board resigns to protest principal’s sacking.
Ten members of Maseno School Board of Management (BOG) yesterday tendered in their resignations citing frustrations from the Ministry of Education.
Led by their Chairman Carey Orege, the ten members said the Ministry of Education and the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) which sponsors the school have sidelined them in decision making over matters pertaining to the school.
Orege said the members have on several occasions held meetings with the church and stressed the importance of being involved in the day to day running of the school but the church calls separate meeting with the Ministry of Education where key decisions are pronounced without the board’s input.
He claimed that the school’s Annual General Meeting which was scheduled for last Friday was cancelled without their knowledge and no communication was made to them.
“We therefore feel that as a board our services are not needed. The Ministry and the church can go ahead and manage the school,” he said.
Maseno School has been at the center of controversy following viral media leaks about a form one student who was sodomised by his seniors.
The Ministry of Education suspended the School’s Principal Paul Otula and replaced him with former Homabay School Principal Andrew Odhiambo Buop.
This sparked protests amongst students who rioted demanding reinstatement of Mr. Otula who had led the helm the school for 15 years.
Orege said the allegations were unfounded since an official sent by Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i to investigate the matter gave the school a clean bill of health.
“The investigators visited the local police station where the student is said to have reported the matter and two hospitals in the area but they did not find anything,” he said.
He said the members were shocked by the turn of events at the school since they had talked to Education CS Fred Matiang’i who assured them that everything was okay.
The school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman James Obondi said the negative reports and subsequent dismissal of Mr. Otula have stigmatized the students.
“It is unfortunate because anywhere they go, they are labelled homosexuals and called derogatory names which is greatly affecting them, “said Obondi.
He said if in any case Otula was mistreating the students, when he was suspended the students ought to have celebrated and not rioted.
He said it was in black and white that both the students and teachers don’t want the current the new principal.
The fate of the Parents Teachers Association is not known since Mr. Obondi who is also a board member tendered in his resignation.
By Chris Mahandara.