Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has condemned the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for withdrawing teachers from St. Gabriel Isongo Secondary School where they were attacked due to poor results in the 2023 KCSE exams.
Machogu has aked for a reversal of the decision, emphasizing that all school-related decisions should prioritize the well-being of the child.
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The closure of Isongo Secondary School following an attack on the principal has faced backlash from rights groups and teachers’ unions.
The groups argue that penalizing students for the actions of a few parents is unjust.
Machogu announced on Friday that the school would reopen within one week and that teachers will retun back to the school.
The Cs asked the Ministry of Education field officers and Boards of Management to collaborate with TSC and the Ministry of Interior to resolve misunderstandings in affected schools promptly. Machogu emphasized the need for a swift return to normal activities, not exceeding one week.
“I made an order that the county director and the field education officers including quality assurance, TSC, and all other stakeholders were to carry out investigations and submit a report.” he stated.
The CS pledged to investigate the attacks and take action against those responsible.
The report on the St. Gabriel Isongo incident is expected to be completed by the end of January, and recommendations on preventing similar incidents expected to be discussed.
While acknowledging the poor performance in the 2023 KCSE exams, Machogu argued that solely blaming teachers was unfair.
He highlighted that exam results are influenced by various stakeholders therefore advocating for a collaborative approach to improving education standards.
Johnson Nzioka, the National Chairman of the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA), echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the collaborative effort required among teachers, parents, and communities in education.