Education Ministry summons Sosiana High principal over 20 KM daily walk to deliver KCSE exams


Mrs Magdalene Kimani, the Sosiana High School principal photo
Mrs Magdalene Kimani, the Sosiana High School principal. FILE

A teacher lands in trouble after reporting to the media that she walks 20 KMs per day to deliver KCSE exams.

Education officials summoned Mrs Magdalene Kimani, the Sosiana High School principal after the Nation highlighted her story.

The ministry stated that the teacher should record a statement justifying why she spoke to the media and let Nation journalists accompany her on one of her trips last Friday.

The Ministry added that Mrs Kimani was not allowed to speak to any journalist.

Trans Mara East Sub-county Director of Education Steve Gachie said the story had descended him in trouble with ministry top officials.

Mr Gachie said the top officials in the ministry now wants him to confirm whether the teacher covers a 20-kilometre round trip to deliver exams to her 18 candidates in Trans Mara East, Narok County.

“What you are doing is not right. She will have to write her report. She will have to explain her 20-kilometre trek from the point where the vehicle drops her. No one has a right to speak on behalf of the ministry. The only person who has a right is the County Director of Education,” Mr Gachie told Nation.

“You people have made me go through a lot of hell. Now I’m being asked if she walks for 20 kilometres. You are exaggerating; it’s not 20 kilometres and you just want to get news. Again, that is not the way we work. You should have verified with the office how long she treks. She does nine kilometres.”

“Tomorrow I’ll go with her, alight at the last point, and walk from that point to school and document that. Walking is not a crime. I’ll verify tomorrow exactly how far she walks. I’ve asked and have been told it’s less than five kilometres,” Gachie said on Tuesday.

According to the Nation, by the time KCSE exams are over, Magdalene Kimani will have walked a distance of more than 320 kilometres, equal to walking from Nairobi to Bungoma town.

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