Community, school on the path to reconciliation
Sunday April 2, 2023
By Philip Onyango
The community around Ulumbi High School in Gem, Yala Sub-county is on the path to reconciliation with the Institution’s Administration, after the Teachers Service Commission, yielded to their demands to cancel the Transfer of a Principal they did not want.
Consequently, following the development that saw another Principal take over the institution, the school stakeholders are now vowing to put their efforts towards academic development.
According to the school’s Board of Management Chairperson, Liz Oduol, the parents and local stakeholders have agreed to be consulting, regularly on any matter affecting the Institution.
Speaking during an Annual General Meeting at the School, Oduol said that Ulumbi High School Administration was open for discussion or advice that will enable the Institution achieve high academic standards.
“If there is any issue touching on the School, they should feel free to come to the school instead of discussing with non-stakeholders,” she said.
Oduol at the same time called on parents to take charge of their children’s discipline both at home and away.
She further challenged parents to ensure timely payment of school fees to enable the school run its programmes well.
The Board Chair hailed the TSC and the ministry of education for supporting the institution, adding that with the dust settled, they hoped to excel.
Siaya County Director of Education, Kabaki Mbugua, assured the Institution that his office will liaise with the TSC, to address the staffing challenges affecting it.
Kabaki urged parents to ensure that all children who sat for last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary education examinations were in school.
“Each child must be in school. If there is any child that is yet to join form one, ensure that they join,” he said.
The Director said that Junior Secondary Schools in the County, have started receiving capitation for grade seven learners.
“This morning, schools started to receive part of the Sh. 15,040/= capitation per child for Junior Secondary School learners. It may not be the whole amount, but we have started issuing the money this morning” said Kabaki.
Last month, Ulumbi Community stormed the Institution, to protest the transfer of a new Principal to the Institution, accusing him of nonperformance.
Led by the Chairman of the Ulumbi Village united, Moses Omoga, the demonstrators alleged that the rejected Principal had a record of poor performance and was ejected from his previous station in Homa-bay County.
Omoga said that they were defending the rights of their children for quality education and will not accept mediocrity.
“We want somebody who will deliver, not rejects who will do business with the school at the expense of our children” he said.