Primary school reopens after closure over alleged management crisis

A public primary school in Marsabit Central Sub-County which closed abruptly soon after reopening this term has resumed offering learning.

Manyatta Jillo primary school closed briefly after parents demonstrated against the management of the institution and withdrew their children following a standoff with the school’s management.

Parents pulled out more than 600 children citing lack of discipline and poor administration at the institution.

They cited non-issuance of report forms and wastage of learning time, saying pupils were always idling in the school compound and the neighbouring locality.

The parents led by Hassan Guyo also questioned why last year’s 35 KCPE candidates were forced to cater for the welfare of the invigilating team where each of the parents was forced to pay shs. 600.

It took the intervention of Saku MP, Major (Rtd) Ali Rasso to sort out the stand-off by bringing stakeholders together.

The MP said the parents have agreed to shelve their personal interests in the running of the school hence the decision to let their children resume learning at the school.

According to Guyo, both parties were to blame for the alleged poor management of the public school.

He accused parents for abdicating their parental roles while also accusing the school’s management of failing to instill discipline in the pupils.

The School Head Teacher, William Dadacha told KNA that the allegations were unfounded.

Local County Director of Education, Isacko Kanchora refuted the claims, saying the school had always been under close inspection and supervision.

Kanchora said a clique of parents was trying to undermine the administration for their own vested interests.

By Sebastian Miriti