Education Ministry dissolves Moi Girls’ school board;roll out new regulations

Education CS Amina Mohamed
Education CS Amina Mohamed

The Ministry of Education has dissolved the Board of Management at Moi Girls’ School Nairobi, as investigations into the rape incident that happened in the school on Saturday continue. The Parents Association has also been disbanded, and parents have been directed to assemble at the school on Thursday 7th June to conduct elections and elect new representatives. “The interim board will comprise officials from the Education Ministry and TSC and will be put in place to oversee the management of the school until a substantive board is constituted,” said Education CS Amina Mohamed, who was addressing the press on Tuesday.

She said it has been established that the security state when the incident happened was not stable and that new security measures have been set up as investigations continue. She, however, said that investigations are still ongoing and DNA tests of the male teachers aren’t ready yet. She urged parents to take back their children to school on Sunday.

The Education CS further revealed new guidelines have been released that will dictate matters in schools, “Trainers and coaches in all public schools must be teachers who are registered by the TSC,” she said, adding that entertainment in schools must be supervised and monitored by teachers.

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia, who was also present at the press briefing, said Moi Girls’ School principal had decided to go on an early retirement, “TSC accepts her early retirement request. Notwithstanding, investigations will still continue and action will be taken thereafter,” she noted, adding that any teacher found culpable will be dealt with. Deputy headteacher Florence Omusula has been appointed in an acting capacity.

Macharia said principals and boards in public and private schools should not engage anyone to teach in their institution, to participate in co-curricular activities unless they are registered with the TSC. Moreover, she said schools should not engage individuals to train teachers in any other activities including entertainment unless the teachers are registered with TSC and comply with Ministry regulations.

Education CS Amina added weight to the directives, saying that if boards are found culpable by recruiting teachers who aren’t registered with TSC to engage in co-curricular activities in the schools, if it’s a private school it’ll be deregistered and if it’s a public school the board and parents teachers association will be dissolved and TSC will be asked to take further action against the teachers in the school.