Another pupil dies following punishment by teacher in Trans Nzoia

Police in Trans Nzoia are investigating an incident in which a grade five pupil at Namanjalala primary school in Trans Nzoia died after allegedly being punished by a teacher.

Mike Wanjala, 12, a grade five pupil died yesterday at 11 p.m. at Kitale County hospital where he had been admitted in critical condition.

According to his classmates, the deceased was punished by their teacher by ordering him to run around the playing ground 13 times as punishment after he broke a goal post at the school.

After the punishment the deceased fainted and started vomiting blood before the alleged teacher ordered the school security guard to take the boy home.

He was then taken to Kitale County hospital by a neighbour Edith Juma since his parents had gone out for casual work.

“Mike was brought here by the school guard and he was vomiting blood so decided together with another neighbour to rush him to hospital before we inform the mother who was far away,” said Edith Juma, a neighbour at home which is about five kilometres from the school.

Catherine Wanjala mother to the deceased said she got to hospital one hour later and found her son being attended by doctors but his condition was serious.

My son was well when he left home for school in the morning. Why would a teacher punish a child like that? It’s very painful to me as a mother and I want justice for my son,” She spoke to Nation at her home.

She said her son died a few minutes past 11 p.m when he had been taken to the ward and medics at the facility told her that her son might have suffered bleeding in the brain when he passed out at the school.

The deceased father Geoffrey Wanjala 45, said he is tormented after the death of his son who he said was bright and disciplined.

I have been left hopeless after this incident and even after losing my son nobody from the school administration has come here to tell us what happened,” the angry father noted.

Following the incident, parents and residents have demonstrated at the school calling for dismissal of the teacher and the headteacher.

The angry residents accused teachers at the school of using corporal punishment on their children and called on police to investigate the matter.

Led by Benard Wanjala, the residents threatened the school until the ministry of education made immediate changes to the school leadership.

“We cannot allow to lose our children in the hands of people who are supposed to take care of them.We want Police and ministry of education officials to swing into action to ensure we get justice,” Said Wanjala.

Trans Nzoia County parents’ association chairman Wellington Waliaula called for thorough investigation into the incident.

He added that several parents had raised alarm over corporal punishment by teachers at the school.

When Nation contacted the school headteacher Rose Kisia ,her phone was off.

It prompted Kwanza Sub County director of education Kennedy Makokha to visit the school to engage parents who had threatened to go on a rampage.

The director said the matter had already been reported to police and the ministry and action will be taken to those involved in the incident.

He called for calm as the government engages the school management before disciplinary action is taken.

Trans Nzoia County Directorate of investigations DCI coordinator Francis Kihara said detectives have already launched investigations and key witnesses have recorded statements before post mortem is conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

“We are on top of the matter and starting Monday you will see heads rolling, this a very unfortunate incident,” noted Kihara.

The body of the deceased is lying at Kitale County hospital mortuary.

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