Students demand immediate transfer of their school principal

Students of St Joseph’s Lumboka secondary school yesterday matched to the area Sub county education officer’s office demanding for immediate transfer of their school principal, Peterson Mwaniki, over allegations of increment in school fees.

The students said they were shocked to find that fees went up to shs.16, 000 this year up from the shs.13, 000 they had been paying.

They also raised concerns over the dilapidated state of the school infrastructure and the learning conditions in the school.

The alleged that the school principal spearheaded the transfer of their English teacher to another school and that TSC had not sent a replacement.

The students told the press that this year’s academic calendar was likely to be disrupted given the fact that teachers employed by the Board of Management (BOM) had not received their salaries since last year in October 2015 and that they were threatening to down their tools, a matter they demanded to be addressed immediately

However, Bumula sub county director of education Cyrus Juma who managed to convince the irate students to go back to class said that all day schools were supposed to charge shs.9, 374 and that anything above that was an illegality.

He warned school heads who failed to adhere to the directive by the ministry of education regarding the school fees supposed to be paid would be prosecuted.

When reached for comment, the embattled principal told the press that there were forces behind the students that wanted him transferred since he did not come for the community.

By Nathan Ochunge