A Class Eight schoolgirl in Elgeyo-Marakwet County has been left paralysed after she was allegedly hit with a piece of wood by one of her teachers.
The 15-year-old KCPE candidate at Kibargoyet Primary School has been admitted to Iten County Referral Hospital for physiotherapy for some days, but still cannot walk.
According to her mother, Lilian Chesoo, her daughter, who is expected to sit her KCPE exam next month, suffered a spinal injury.
Chesoo, who reported the matter to the police, accused the school management of abandoning the girl after she was injured and failing to inform her about what had happened.
“It is painful for me because I found my daughter abandoned in school and I had to pick her up for medical attention.”
The single mother said that a teacher broke the news of her daughter’s injury.
“Since that day, I have been in and out of the hospital. The girl is in unbearable pain and can’t sleep at night. I am a single mother and I have been relying on relatives and well-wishers to pay hospital bills.”
Giving teacher nickname
Teachers are reported to have descended on the KCPE exan candidates for allegedly giving one of them the nickname ‘Pesa Mzuri’.
According to another teacher at the school, this was seen as derogatory.
“The paralysed candidate was among a number of pupils who were subjected to punishment. The rest are well and going on with their studies,” the teacher said
The teachers also claimed that the girl is epileptic. The mother has denied the claim, saying her daughter has never shown any signs of epilepsy and was active in sports.
The girl said she developed pain and could not stand on her feet shortly after the punishment
Keiyo North Sub-County Director of Education Joseph ole Maki said that a team of officials from the Ministry of Education had visited the school and the KCPE candidate’s home for investigations.
He said no action had been taken against the teachers suspected of caning the student.
“We are compiling a report before we take disciplinary action. Police are also investigating the matter,” he said.
Sub-County Police Commander Moses Kanyi said the teachers would be punished if found culpable.
Last month, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha called for the reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools to stem the runaway indiscipline among students. However, the proposal was quickly opposed by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).