Parents break into Shimo la Tewa High School, demand principal’s transfer

Parents of children at Shimo la Tewa Secondary School in Mombasa County held demonstrations on Tuesday demanding that their principal be transferred for mishandling the school’s finances and what they believed presided over poor academic performance.

In statements to the press, parents claimed that the institution was performing poorly with a large number of students with D grades.

Furthermore, the parents regretted that they had contributed Sh5 million towards the purchase of a school bus that had not yet been purchased.

As a result, they demanded that the school’s principal show proof that its funds had not been diverted for other purposes.

Students outside the gate of Shimo la Tewa High School.

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Shimo the Tewa

“Unfortunately, our children are performing poorly in most of the D scores. Mr. Principal, we inform you that we are the custodians of Shimo la Tewa and we are coming for you,” lamented a parent, Rajab Msafwari.

“We parents contribute 5 million shillings. Mr. Principal, where is our money? Where is the bus?”

Another parent complained that the school was sending more and more students home to pay fees, even though the school had recently increased annual school fees by Ksh10,000.

“Apart from the fee of Sh56,000 paid by the parents, the principal has added another Sh10,000,” the parents added.

Principal Mathew Mutiso, however, denied the claims, noting that the school’s performance was strong despite an ever-increasing student population.

“I want to deny that the school’s performance has gone down. The school’s population is growing. In 2022, we had 331 candidates. In 2023, we had 392 candidates.”

“This year our goal is to have more than 300 students with C+,” Mutiso insisted.

He further maintained that the school board had agreed to use the Sh5 million contributed to pay for other services, including staff payments during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

Mutiso, however, assured parents that plans were afoot to refund the money and subsequently purchase the bus.

However, he criticized the parents’ protests, arguing that they should have reported their complaints to the Ministry of Education for which he works.

“I think it is a witch hunt because these people have not said this in school. They should have even gone through the correct channels like the Ministry (of Education) where I am employed,” he added.

The parents, however, demanded the government to transfer the principal within seven days.

“We give the government a seven-day ultimatum to transfer the principal,” a parent told reporters.

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu at the Partnership for Science, Engineering and Technology event on April 24, 2024.

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Ministry of Education