Moi Girls’ High School Parents Join Daughters in Demanding Change Of Principal, PTA as School Reopens
Moi Girls’ High School Eldoret Students will start reporting back to school today, a week after the school was closed following a protest by the learners over a litany of complaints.
The school was closed last Wednesday after agitated students demanded the removal of Principal Christine Chumba, the school principal.
The battle, has taken yet another direction, as a section of parents are pointing fingers at what they call a “bogus Parents Association members” and an indifferent administration.
“Some years ago, the school library was condemned and has not been replaced to date. We still don’t have answers on why a national school is operating without a library yet it is building a large dining hall,” claimed a parent.
“We have PTA officials who are no longer parents but they are still holding powerful positions. We have sought answers on why a parent whose student completed school in 2019 is still a PA chairman. This is against the Basic Education Act, which stipulates that a PA official must be a parent of the school,” another parent alledged.
PTA chairman John Changach and his treasurer Emmy Rugut still control the Sh13 million annual fund despite claims that their daughters left the school in 2019.The Education Act 2013 directs that only parents with children in a school qualify to be members of PTA.
“Six of us are representing parents in the school and we will exit when a new board is constituted. We are not clinging to power and we hope a new board will be in place soon,” said Changach.Rugut made it clear that she was ready to hand over to a new team of board members.
The ad hoc committee established to address the 31-point petition of students against Chumba is yet to address some of the issues raised, even as Chumba still seems to be in control of the school.
“The ad hoc committee is yet to deliberate most of the sensitive issues,” said Victoria Chebseba the team chairperson.
Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Gitonga Mbaka said all the issues raised by parents and their students will be addressed after a stakeholders’ meeting.
The students had accused Chumba of high-handedness and harassment of learners, teachers, and support staff, among other issues.
In a letter to all parents, the embattled principal set tough conditions for the readmission of students from 23rd February 2021. Form Four students will report to the school today followed by Form Ones, Twos, and Threes on wednesday, Thursday and Friday, respectively.