The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has transferred six teachers from St. Martin Mafuta School in Soy, Uasin Gishu County.
Concerns raised by education stakeholders suggested that these teachers were being singled out, posing a threat to their well-being while at the institution.
The move follows an incident where parents at the school chased the principal and teachers due to the institution’s dismal performance in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE) exams.
During the incident , a parent, speaking to the media, revealed that the school achieved a mean grade of E, with the top student scoring a D+.
TSC has responded by transferring the teachers, aiming to appease upset parents, ensure the safety of the teachers, and allow the resumption of classes.
Despite the reopening of the school, the institution faces significant challenges as there is an insufficient number of teachers to sustain its operations.
Parents will now have to bear the cost of hiring private teachers following the transfer of the government employed teachers.
On January 18, TSC transferred 17 teachers from St. Gabriel Isongo in Kakamega County after parents protested the school’s poor KCSE results, leading to the removal of the principal.
The action was taken to safeguard the well-being of teachers, responding to pressure from various unions demanding assurances of teacher protection.
The two incidents occurred despite a warning from Education CS Ezekiel Machogu on January 19, cautioning parents against storming schools over poor results.
Machogu emphasized that such actions would be treated as criminal offenses.
“While the invasion of teachers and attacks on schools is unfortunate, and we cannot be able to allow that to continue, we have to adopt careful and consolidation means of ensuring we do not deprive young innocent children the right of education,” He stated.
In the 2023 KCSE exam a total of 48,174 out of 899,453 candidates scored a mean grade of E.