- He alleges that the school principal went ahead and sourced BOM teachers from his county.
- The parents, however, said that the school enrolment is a bit high and urged the Bumula NG-CDF to build new classrooms blocks and dormitories
Parents and the community at Khasoko Boys High School in Bungoma on Friday stormed the institution demanding the transfer of principal Daniel Wasambo following the death of a student a day earlier.
The school in the Bumula constituency was on Thursday indefinitely closed following the incident.
Bungoma County health authorities said there was an outbreak of malaria at the school.
They attributed the outbreak to a lack of malaria nets, stagnant water and a bushy compound.
Community members and parents stormed the institution in protests, demanding the transfer of the principal.
Speaking to the Star at the school gate on Friday, Peter Malala, a parent blamed the school for the death of a student.
“Since this Khasoko Boys High School principal was brought to this school, he has never involved the community in the affairs of the school, in fact, some don’t know him,” he said.
Malala called on the Teachers Service Commission to move with speed and transfer the principal, adding that the community won’t allow him to enter the school.
“Last term a student died under unclear circumstances, and on May 19, the school lost another student again under unclear circumstances, this is now a joke if the County Director of Education and TSC director won’t intervene as parents and the community we are going to sort it out,” he said.
The parents, however, said that the school enrolment is a bit high and urged the Bumula NG-CDF to build new classrooms blocks and dormitories to accommodate the surging numbers of learners.
“We have been informed by students that some of them sleep on the floor and this might have caused the malaria outbreak,” he said.
At the time of the demonstrations, Bungoma TSC director Wilson Koros, Bumula subcounty director of education and Khasoko Boys board chairman among other stakeholders were engaged in a closed-door meeting.
Bungoma County Director of Education Pius Ng’oma revealed that the main purpose of their tour to the school was to assess the school's preparedness for reopening noting that a lot has been done after the indefinite closure.
The director said that the school will remain closed until the probe is completed.