Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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Parents and other stakeholders of St Marys Machewa secondary school have for the second day camped at the school gate guarding it to ensure the newly posted principal does not land at the school terming him unfit to take over the school management.
Led by representatives from the board of governors and the Parents Teachers Association -PTA including Silas Ndiema and Mining' Temoi respectively said that the incoming principal had a bad record of running schools basing from the school he was leaving which they said was compelled to be transferred on poor performance.
"We as parents of Machewa secondary school have refused to accept the new principal because of his bad record of running schools that we already know because he is coming from a nearby school," said Mining' the BOG representative.
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They said the coming of the principal will deter the performance of the school which they said had greatly improved in the recent past under the former principal who passed on early this year hence the school being run by the deputy.
The parents said they have decided to camp at the gate and will continue until the ministry of education changes its mind to send in a different principal or choose to promote the deputy.
The Machewa parents guarding the wire gate of the school to ensure the new principal does not gain entry into the school.
"We shall not tire from guarding this school because we want to ensure that our children are safe and in safe hands by ensuring that the principal whose image is already tainted in his former school does not take charge of our children," said one of the parents as they stayed at the gate while learning went on in the school.
They noted that stakeholders of the former school of the incoming principal had appealed for his removal from the school and thus their school won't be used as a dumping site for failed teachers.
"This country has been known in transferring leaders of institutions who fail in their mandate in their previous stations to other stations whereby they move with the same weakness hence the move does not solve anything. Such leaders or institutional heads should be demoted but not transferred to other institutions," noted Ndiema.
They noted that by transferring such incompetent administrators the government was only but promoting impunity and spreading the vice of corruption to other clean institutions.
The stakeholders also decried the shortage of teachers in the school which they said was hampering the envisaged improvement in their school that is fully supported by the community.
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