Tension high in Kitui as irate parents kill teacher over performance

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Tension is high at Ndooni Primary School in Mutitu Kitui County after a female teacher was killed and set on fire by irate parents.

Madam Daisy Mbathe Mbaluka met her death on Monday morning when she reported back to school for the reopening of the first term, and found furious parents camping at the school gate, demanding for the transfer of all teachers over what they termed as poor results.

The school was shut down immediately after the incident, with the Kenya National union of Teachers (KNUT) executive Secretary Kitui, condemning the heinous act.

The school head teacher Dickson Musya recorded a statement confirming the incident, calling on the authorities’ speedy action for killers to be brought to book.

In a statement sent to newsroom, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion condemned the brutal murder of Ms. Mbaluka, calling on th ministry of Education to act promptly and offer maximum security to teachers.

“We call on the ministry of Education and Interior to act promptly and offer maximum security to teachrs and school properties before the situation runs out of control,” said Sossion.

Sossion also called on the police and relevant administration to act with speed in ensuring that the perpetrators of violence on teachers are brought to book, with the Kitui incident serving as an example.

“Parents who killed Mbaluka should be investigated, arrested, charged and convicted according to the law,” he said.

He also urged teachers to be steadfast and remain patriotic while on duty, upholding the ethics of the teaching profession.

The SG added that cases of parents molesting and in some extreme cases killing teachers have been on the rise, causing anxiety and poor service delivery among teachers.

“We have witnessed such ugly incidences in areas of North Eastern, North Rift, Western Region and South Nyanza, which needs to be dealt with, leaving no stone unturned.”

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