Eighteen parents of pupils at Wekoye Primary School in Tana River County have been fined Shs 2000 each by the area administration after their children allegedly stoned their teachers houses.
The parents were slapped with the fines as punishment for their children’s wrongdoing.
The parents have each slapped with the Sh2,000 fine after their children were found guilty of harassing their teachers by pelting the teachers’ residential houses with stones at night.
The fine, according to Chardende Chief Idris Jilo, will be used to repair damages arising from the stoning of the teachers’ houses.
It will also serve as a lesson to other parents to monitor their children’s whereabouts at night, he said.
On their part, the pupils were subjected to a punishment of cutting down mathenge (prosopis juliflora) trees within the school compound to serve as examples to fellow learners.
It is alleged that the pupils have been pelting the teachers’ houses with stones during the night, causing fear among the teachers of the school located in the remote Chardende location of Tana North Sub County.
Chief Jilo and the school head teacher, Mr. Suleiman Hassan Farah, confirmed that the school’s board of management (BoM) had resolved to punish the pupils after it found them culpable.
Chief Jilo said the parents would have to meet their children’s fines as they should have been responsible enough to monitor the movements of their children at night.
Since the offences were committed at night, the board felt the parents were also culpable because they have the responsibility of knowing where their children are during that time, he told the Kenya News Agency on phone.
Where were the parents when their children went out to stone the teachers’ houses? the administrator posed.
He said the problem started when some of the pupils differed with one female teacher in the school.
A teacher who sought anonymity said five teachers had been affected by the pupils misbehavior and that they were not sure of their security.
We are now planning to report the matter to the police because although the BoM has taken action, the pupils have not stopped harassing us, the teacher said on phone. We cannot sleep at night.
However, the school head teacher said the matter had been handled administratively and that there was no cause for alarm.
Recently, teachers at Kirimon primary school in Samburu County caned their teachers, forcing the Teachers Service Commission to transfer them to other schools.
Source: Kenya News Agency