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Monday, 3 February 2014

Principals Moved

Principals moved in Shuffle

The Teachers Service Commission has transferred a number of secondary school principals in Machakos County in a bid to improve performance.

 The heads were transferred in a shake-up that officials say is intended to enhance efficiency.
Machakos County TSC Director Mr. Stephen Mudho said they are making consultations with Makueni County on some changes.
 “This list is not the final one. Our consultation with other counties will bare fruits since our main objective is to improve education standards”. He said
 He said Kyanguli head Sylvester Wambua has been transferred to head Ngelani Boys high school while the Ngelani principal Bernard Malonza moved to head troubled Kangundo Boys high school.
Despite resistance,Kangundo High school head will be moved to Kyanguli secondary.
Kyangala head Richard Mokaya has been moved to develop Muvuti secondary while Muvuti head Mr Lazarus Muthiani transferred to head Muthei secondary school in Mwala district.
Soft spoken Muthei secondary principal Mr Ngure has been moved to head Kyangala secondary school in Kalama zone, Machakos district.
Kamweleni secondary school head Mrs Mutuku swapped places with her Kyumbi secondary school counterpart Mr Joseph Munyao.
Kwa Ndoo principal has been moved to head Kilembwa secondary school. Other affected schools include Kimutwa secondary and Kivandini secondary . As we went to press, Mudho had not released list of transfers for Primary School heads, some of whom had run down institutions to shameful levels.
Mudho did not also include in his list the surprise promotion of Mr Anthony Muthembwa to head the new Machakos Secondary School for the deaf after efforts to have him appointed to run the combined deaf schools as a complex were rejected by the Teachers Service Commission. Though Muthembwa may be qualified to head the school, a little background search will put questions on his ability to lead, given the litany of complaints against him that government agencies are investigating.
Muthembwa, who had headed the Machakos School for the Deaf in controversial circumstances and is a subject of investigations by the Anti Corruption agency is the surprise appointee to head the new secondary school.
As we went to press, sources informed The Anchor that some officials were shopping for someone to head the primary school rather than promote one of the two female deputies, who have been serving at loggerheads with Mr Muthembwa. “It seems that someone wants all the deaf institutions run by remote control by the principal of the secondary school with tacit support from the board. We are under pressure to remove the two deputies and wheel in anyone else. This will be difficult to achieve”, said an official opposed to the plan.
The secondary school was registered a while ago but has had no head after the board of governors headed by a Mr Wafula made an inappropriate proposal that Mr Muthembwa  be appointed to manage all the institutions as a complex.
“We rejected the dirty proposal promptly. Why did they register a secondary school in the first place; didn’t they know what they were doing or what they wanted in the first place”? , the official posed.
Those who know the institution allege it has been run down, culminating in an incident where a secondary school boy sodomised a primary school boy due to congestion in the dormitories. “This has now been corrected after the mismanagement was reported to anti corruption officials. They have created rom after converting two teachers houses into dormitories for girls”. The official said adding that  they were awaiting the outcome of an internal investigations by the ministry.
Last year at least 30 secondary school principals were transferred. This came at a time when irate parents locked out head teachers, protesting over the poor performance and misappropriation of funds.
  Addressing reporters in his office, Mudho said some of the principals have been transferred in a bid to improve academic performance.
“The transfers have nothing to do with individuals but we look at performance .Some heads have been transferred to new stations to continue improving efficiency there,” he said in an interview.
 He said the move is also intended to get rid of some secondary heads who have stayed in some stations with no great impact in performance.
 “Teachers’ transfer exercise was considered beneficial if it considered the welfare of the school and the teacher and vice versa” he said
 The remarks come as parents and other stakeholders across the board in the County are demanding that the ministry of education carries thorough financial audit for their money in the schools.

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