June 13, 2024
Principal In Hot Soup After Parents Stormed School To Demand His Transfer

Principal In Hot Soup After Parents Stormed School To Demand His Transfer

On Tuesday, parents of Shimo la Tewa High School’s students in Mombasa County held a demonstration demanding that the principal be transferred.

The school principal is accused of mismanaging the school’s finances and presiding over poor academic performance.

Speaking to the press, the parents claimed that the school was performing poorly, with a large number of students receiving Ds.

Furthermore, the parents expressed regret that they had contributed Ksh5 million towards the purchase of a school bus that had yet to be delivered.

As a result, they demanded that the school principal provide proof that their funds had not been diverted for other purposes.

“Unfortunately, our children are performing poorly with most scoring D. Mr. Principal, let it be notified to you that we are the custodians of Shimo la Tewa and we are coming for you,” lamented a parent, Rajab Msafwari.

“There are Ksh5 million we the parents contributed. Mr. Principal, where is our money? Where is the bus?”

Another parent complained that the school was increasingly sending students home to pay fees, despite the fact that annual school fees had recently been increased by Ksh10,000.

“Apart from the Ksh56,000 fee parents pay, the principal has added Ksh10,000 more,” the parents added.

The principal, Mathew Mutiso, denied the allegations, stating that the school’s performance was strong despite an ever-increasing student population.

“I want to deny that the performance of the school has gone down. The population of the school is growing. In 2022, we had 331 candidates. In 2023, we had 392 candidates.”

“This year, our target is that we have more than 300 students with C+,” Mutiso insisted.

He also claimed that the school’s board had agreed to use the Ksh5 million contribution to pay for other services, such as staff salaries during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Mutiso, on the other hand, assured the parents that plans to reimburse the funds and then purchase the bus were well underway.

He, however, criticized the parents’ demonstrations, claiming that they should have reported their concerns to the Ministry of Education, which employs him.

“I believe it is a witch hunt because these people have not said this in school. They should even have gone through the right channels like the Ministry (of Education) where I am an employee,” he added.

The parents, however, demanded that the government transfer the principal within seven days.

“We are giving the government a seven-day ultimatum to transfer the principal,” said a parent.

Principal In Hot Soup After Parents Stormed School To Demand His Transfer

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