Mombasa, KENYA: A family in Bamburi, Mombasa is pleading with the Ministry of Education to intervene in what they term as negligence from the teachers of a school, which lead to their son’s death.
On 12th March this year, a group of students allegedly from Mwagogho Secondary School in Taita Taveta County went out of the school for jogging as part of an exercise carried out by football players.
It is at this moment that 17-year-old Mohamed Hussein; who is said to have been in Form two and his friend asked for a lift from a passing van heading to their friend’s home.
The van was later on reported to have been involved in an accident killing him on the spot.
Speaking to Baraka FM on Monday, Hussein Abdallah, father of the deceased accused the school management for letting the students out of the school without any games teacher guarding them.
“This is total negligence, how can the students be allowed out of the school for exercise without any teacher. The students are always under their teachers while in school and this is why I want justice as a parent.” He said.
Hussein said that the school has not shown any interest in dealing with the issue adding that the head teacher Mr.Simon Mwakughu has been taking the matter for granted.
He added that the County Director of education in Taita Taveta Jonathan Nyamai had asked the family not to take the matter to court promising that they would solve it through the school board, but since then he has not been picking their call.
“I want this matter to reach all stakeholders in education or anyone who can help me, if possible the CS of education Fred Matiang’ should also intervene.” He added.
The family took the case to the Mombasa based human rights organization HAKI AFRIKA seeking for justice.
Francis Auma, programme Coordinator at HAKI AFRIKA told Baraka FM that they have already written a letter to the County Director Mr.Nyamai and copied to the principal Mr.Mwakughu.
“We are giving them only 7 days, if they failed to respond then we have no otherwise but to take the matter to court so that the family gets the justice.” Said Auma.
Efforts to reach the school for a comment on the matter were unsuccessful.