Parents of Gekonge Secondary School in Kisii County forcefully ousted the principal due to unsatisfactory 2023 KCSE results.
Led by the Board Chairman Zephaniah Mose, the irate parents secured a padlock to seal the principal’s office, warning of physical confrontation if he attempted to return.
The protesting parents asserted that, despite the school’s commendable infrastructure and learning resources, no student had been sent to university in the past eleven years.
They accused both the principal and deputy of lethargy and a lack of vision for advancing the school.
“We want them transferred to any other school to be tried there because we are tired of their inability to lead the school,” the BoM chairman stated.
The parents also criticized the principal for an alleged failure to manage teachers effectively as some reported to school late and left early.
In response, Kisii County Director of Education, Philip Chirchir, censured the parents for resorting to vigilantism.
“Teachers are employees of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and any problem touching on them should be channelled through this body,”
Chirchir advocated for peaceful resolution, assuring an investigation into the matter to address the parents’ grievances appropriately and chart a way forward.
In another incident, parents of Tinet Primary School in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County barricading the school gate, demanding the dismissal of the headteacher due to poor performance in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
During the protest, the parents locked both the staffroom and the headteacher’s office, emphasizing their refusal to allow their children to return to the school unless the headteacher was replaced.
The angry parents highlighted that over 32 candidates from the school scored between 100 and 190 marks, with 20 others achieving less than 250 marks.
While expressing their dissatisfaction, the parents claimed that their concerns were being overlooked, as they had not received any feedback from the County Education offices.