Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Kiserian students dies after caning, being thrown against wall


Winnie Mabel 4 hours ago 17073
– A teacher punished a Standard six student to death in Kiserian for failing to bring along tuition money
– The eleven year old girl was pronounced dead on arrival at the Kenyatta National Hospital
– Police rescued him from an angry mob and investigations have since been launched
A standard six pupil at Kiserian Primary School succumbed to her injuries after one of the teachers at her school beat her for not paying her weekend tuition fee.
Dickson Isidi canned Loice Wanjiru, 11, and pushed her against a wall before she collapsed and lost consciousness on Saturday, May 21. He then immediately rushed her to the hospital.
She was rushed to St Mary’s Church Medical Center but was referred to Kenyatta National Hospital where she died on arrival.
According to The Star Newspaper, Wanjiru had failed to pay the requisite KSh 40 Saturday tuition fee which prompted the teacher to pounce on her with a cane.
Isidi was arrested following the minor’s death as the community rallied to protest against the teacher, baying for his blood.
Kajiado North Member of Parliament Joseph Manje failed to pacify the agitated crowd on Sunday, May 22, but the area deputy commissioner, Francis Komen assured the parents and pupils that a thorough investigation as being conducted.
“This is not a small matter and considering that the government banned corporal punishment on students, I want this case to be investigated to its conclusion,” said Komen as quoted in the Star.
Separately, an independent committee of local elders was formed by the Ngong Education officer, Peter Kavulia, to also look into the matter.
“We want to dig into this offense with a view of what is happening in this district. I was not even aware students were required to pay tuition money in public schools,” said Kavulia.
The government banned tuition in Kenyan schools as well as restricted paying for the tuition if schools asked for it.
The then Cabinet Secretary of Education, Jacob KaimenyI, had said the money increased financial burdens to households.
He also said that teachers used tuition as a crutch to cover content they should have covered in the normal academic calendar and were also over burdening students as well in rushing through curriculum.

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