The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is urging the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to relocate teachers from schools under threat of attacks by irate parents due to disappointing academic results.
In the recent past , Instances have arisen where parents, local leaders, and even students have forcefully entered schools in protest against subpar performance in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
Many are demanding the removal of the respective school administrators.
KUPPET Chairman Omboko Milemba, expressing his disapproval on Wednesday, labeled these incidents as disrespectful.
He stated that KUPPET has communicated with the TSC, requesting the withdrawal of teachers from the affected institutions.
“We have asked the TSC to withdraw teachers from these schools. Teachers must be respected. We are adding value to the students yet they are harassing us and joining parents to chase us around. That cannot be allowed,” Milemba stated.
According to the KUPPET chair, parents need to set realistic expectations for their schools based on the academic performance of admitted students.
Milemba emphasized that no learning should continue in these institutions until discussions take place between local leaders, parents, and students.
In a recent incident, infuriated parents, accompanied by their area MP Peter Salasya, invaded St Gabriel Isongo Secondary School in Kakamega, demanding the removal of the principal whom they accused of neglecting the school’s academic standards.
On another occasion in Narok County, Keyian residents protested at Olereko Mixed Secondary, expressing dissatisfaction with what they perceived as consistently poor performance.
The community sought answers after the school recorded a mean grade of 1.5 points in the 2023 KCSE exam.
On a different occasion , parents of Mafuta Secondary School in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County, blocked the school gate in protest, calling for the dismissal of the principal whom they accused of neglecting his responsibilities to the students.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has condemned the attacks, stating that the trend suggests a perception that the burden of poor examination performance should fall exclusively on teachers, particularly the head of the institution.