Students ‘Were to Kill’ Kajiado Schoolteacher

The suspended form four students of a troubled school in Kajiado county planned to kill their discipline master, according to investigations.

Magwa Nyagah and Thomas Fish Secondary School principal Paul Ameso were attacked on June 12.

The investigations were conducted by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Mashuuru) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kajiado).

The unions worked with the Teachers Service Commission director’s office in the county and the school’s board of management members.

TSC director Anne Nkwama, Mashuuru subcounty Knut representative Elly Korinko, Mashuuru DEO Benjamin Sigei, county Kuppet executive secretary Zadock Kisienya and board members met on Friday.

Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, Kisienya said before the attack, the students met several times to plan how they would attack Nyagah.

“It shocked us to learn Nyagah had been lined up as a sacrificial lamb and that he would be killed in broad daylight. It also came out very clear that some of the local leaders are not happy that the school is not being headed by their sons and daughters,” he said.

Kisienya said a teacher seriously injured during the attack has been re-admitted at a Nairobi hospital.

The school was closed indefinitely on Wednesday last week, after it emerged the teachers’ lives were at risk.

Sigei said some students may be engaging in sexual activities.

Some who spoke to the press last week said they had to “discipline” Nyagah because “he wakes us up very early as if we are in a military camp”.

Sigei said they are investigating allegations that some teachers may have been engaging in sex with students.

“We are exploring all the avenues to establish the root cause of indiscipline in the school. Students cannot just rebel like that. We are still inviting people to speak to us,” he said.

The investigators accused Education executive Richard Parsitau of abetting indiscipline and intimidation of teachers, which Parsitau denied.

He told the Star on the phone yesterday he is not condoning indiscipline and he supports the suspension of the students who beat up teachers.