A Catholic Priest has been relieved his duties as the chair of a school board for rejecting the transfer of a new principal to the institution.
Father James Obaigwa who chairs Board of management ( BOM) at Cardinal Otunga, Mosocho High school in Kisii county was shown the door for after he reportedly led other members to reject a newly transferred principal from taking over the running of the school.
The Kisii County Eduction Board revoked his appointment as chairman and member of the board for interfering with the smooth handing over by the incoming principal, Mr. Denis Munyendo.
Dr. Henry Onderi, the CEB chairman, accused Fr. Obaigwa of giving instructions to the school administration not to allow the new principal to access his new office claiming the sponsor did not recognize his transfer.
He directed the deputy BOM chairman to discharge the responsibilities of the chairman at Cardinal Otunga, Mosocho High school until elections were held to pick another chairman.
Dr Onderi said Fr. Obaigwa who had shut out the principal from the school for three days, snubbed the county education board’s directive to come to the school and resolve the impasse keeping the members waiting for the whole day.
According to Onderi, the chairman later directed that the office be opened on receiving information that the county administration had taken up the matter.
The CEB chairman warned the school’s BOM and others elsewhere in the county, to stick to their mandate or risk drastic measures including prosecution.
Onderi termed the incident a deliberate move bent on undermining on-going efforts by the education ministry to improve education standards.
However after the impasse, the former principal, Zachary Nyariki handed over to Mr Munyendo when schools re-opened for the first term and reported to his new station, Kimilili High school in Bungoma county.
Source: Kenya News Agency