- Six Ward Reps from Makueni County who had attempted to prevent the new St Josephs Girls’ High School principal in Kibwezi from accessing the institution’s compound were arrested.
- In Bungoma, police said they were looking for four MCAs who stormed Friends School Kamusinga and forcibly ejected the new principal on Wednesday morning.
- In Migori County, the principal of Nyangere Secondary School in Nyatike sub-county, Mr Odunga Nyamusi, was also on Thursday kicked out by angry parents.
- In Siaya, parents of Agwara Mixed Secondary School in Bondo sub-county evicted the principal, Mr Stephen Kosewe, over poor performance and alleged mismanagement.
The government on Thursday started a crackdown on politicians and other individuals inciting communities to reject and block newly-posted headteachers from taking over learning institutions.
Six Ward Reps from Makueni County who had attempted to prevent the new St Josephs Girls’ High School principal in Kibwezi from accessing the institution’s compound were arrested on Thursday.
Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim said the six were taken to Mtito Andei police station, where they are currently being detained and will be arraigned in court.
The politicians were rounded up in a dramatic swoop as they sat in a meeting with county education officials and members of the school’s board of management at the school Thursday afternoon.
They were then driven by the law enforcement officers to Mtito Andei, some 40 kilometres away.
Led by Mr Nicholas Maitha (Thange Ward), who chairs the county assembly’s Education Committee, the MCAs had earlier in the day battled police and education officials as they attempted to prevent Ms Rose Kiragu from reporting to her new work station.
On Thursday, a source at the ministry of Interior, who sought anonymity, described the attempted evictions as a “security issue” pointing out they had now taken full charge of the matter.’
“The ministry of Interior is now handling this issue as a security matter. This is because of the safety of students and teachers in those schools,” said the source.
He spoke as Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Kahi Indimuli asked the government to protect the head teachers.
Mr Indimuli and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) secretary-general Akelo Misori condemned the attacks on the headteachers.
“Teachers are posted by their employer — the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) — and they have a responsibility to serve students. They do not deploy themselves,” he said.
Mr Misori, on his part, asked the TSC and the ministry of Education to take charge.
“Villagers, including MCAs, are walking into schools. Goons should not be allowed to walk into schools,” said Mr Misori.
He spoke as Kapenguria Boys’ High School in West Pokot was closed indefinitely after students turned rowdy during protests against the transfer of their principal, James Omayo, in the recent changes made by the Teachers Service Commission.
The school’s principal has been moved to Makunga Boys in Trans-Nzioa County. He has been replaced by former Kabarnet Boys’ High School principal, Mr Julius Bahati Mwambili.
The students refused to attend classes, forcing the Director of Education, Mr Jarred Obiero, to immediately close the school to avert destruction after the learners threw stones at police who were called to restore order.
Parents stormed the school after they learnt of the indefinite closure, asking the ministry of Education to revoke the transfer. They threatened to withdraw their children, saying the transfer would affect learning at the school.