Kirimon school reopens with only one teacher

Kirimon Primary School in Samburu central subcounty has reopened after the TSC posted one teacher to the institution.

The school was closed after boys beat up female teachers for caning them in front of girls.

Teachers at the school asked to be transferred, citing insecurity, which TSC granted.

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But area TSC director Suleman Odipo said a head teacher has been posted at the school and is working closely with untrained teachers employed by the school’s board of management.

“Although we had decided not to post any teachers in the school, after further consultations we decided to reopen the institution to secure the future of the pupils,’’ said Odipo.

The director also noted that there are not enough teachers in Samburu county saying that there are only 1,195 teachers spread across 164 primary schools in the county.

“The pupil teacher ratio in Samburu county lies at 1:40 and we are working to reaching the required standards,” he added.

Kirimon has 750 pupils.

Odipo said it would take time for the school to get all the required teachers since TSC had recruited only 52 teachers from Samburu and they are yet to be posted.

“But once the teachers are posted here I will send a one off bunch of them to Kirimon primary school,’’ he said.

Parents said the school has disrespected their culture which does not allow female teachers to punish boys in front of girls.

They said management should work closely with the community and organise regular meetings of teachers and pupils.

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