TSC Speaks After Student Drills Nail Into Principal's Head

In the statement, TSC had condemned the incident, raising additional concerns on the rising cases of unprovoked violence towards teachers.

TSC Speaks After Student Drills Nail Into Principal's Head

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) issued a statement on Friday, June 11 following an incident in which a Form Three student pierced a nail into a principal's head.

In the statement, TSC had condemned the incident, raising additional concerns on the rising cases of unprovoked violence towards teachers.

TSC also called upon all education stakeholders to ensure the safety of learners while also providing a safe space for conducive learning and teaching.

"We condemn this incident which occurred at the school on June 9th with the strongest terms possible. The commission is concerned about the rising cases of unwarranted attacks towards teachers.

Geoffrey Rono, the principal at Anaimoi school who was injured by a student on Wednesday evening, June 9. /COURTESY

"We wish to call upon all stakeholders to do all that is within their means to ensure that schools are safe for conducive learning and teaching. We must all work to stop violence in schools," the statement read in part.

The commission informed that the principal has been treated and since resumed his duties.

Their statement was reiterated by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary general Wilson Sossion, who expressed concerns about students exhibiting criminal behaviour.

Sossion added that the indiscipline cases had been on the rise following the seven-month COVID-19 break.

"The truth of the matter is that students staying out for a long time, many of them engaged in drugs and such a case may be connected to drugs and substance abuse.

"We have to develop new measures of managing students. If we don't, we will end up having many teachers being accosted. That is a criminal assault which no person whether a minor or another should engage in," he added.

Kericho County police commander Silas Gichunge had confirmed the incident, stating that Rono used a wooden plank, with a 6-inch nail, which he used to hit the principal on the head.

“It is true the student attacked the school principal with a wooden plank that had a six-inch nail that inflicted injuries on the head. We are looking for the culprit who has since disappeared to an unknown place,” Gichunge said.

The incident occurred at around 6pm and involved the 18-year-old student from Ainamoi Secondary School picking up a wooden plank with the projected nail and hit the principal, Geoffrey Rono, on the head.

Following the incident, Rono called for help and was promptly attended to by the bursar. Meanwhile, the student had already fled from the scene.

Rono allegedly hit the principal after he was asked to clear school fee arrears of Ksh7,000.

Police have since launched investigations into the incident to ascertain the true cause of the matter.

A crime scene. /FILE