Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Monday issued a stern warning to parents storming schools to harass teachers over poor performance in national examinations.
Machogu informed all those found mistreating school administrators will face the full force of the law.
He remarked that it was wrong for parents and students to target school administrators since they are just a cog in the education wheel and cannot be held solely responsible for pupil and student performance in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
“We wish to remind communities behind these regrettable attacks that learner achievement in examinations is the reflection of the overall input from all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and candidates themselves,” he stated.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu releasing the 2023 KCPE results at Mtihani House on November 23, 2023.
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The CS announced similar future acts will be treated as acts of crime which will be dealt with by the police.
He called upon parents and students who were not satisfied with the 2023 KCPE& KCSE results to report the matter through legal means for the relevant authorities to take action.
Machogu revealed that the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had put in place measures and elaborate mechanisms for evaluating the performance of teachers and field officers.
According to Machogu, teachers who test as non-performing shall be dealt with per existing laws and policies.
Since the results were announced last week, there have been increased cases of parents storming schools to frog-march and harass the head teachers.
In some situations, the parents closed down the school, barricading the roads and demanding the resignation of the school head.
Parents have also protested over poor performance in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). Last week, parents from Tinet Primary School in Baringo County locked the school over poor performance.
The parents announced that their children would not report back to school. In the results released in November, 32 students scored between 100 and 190 marks while 20 scored less than 250 marks.
In Uasin Gishu County, angry parents blocked the gates of Mafuta Secondary School calling for the removal of the principal due to the school’s consistent failure in national exams.
Parents were irked that the first student scored a D+, followed by a D- while the rest had Es.
Parents protesting poor results registered in the 2023 KCPE examinations.
Photo Stephen Rutto