The teacher ordered her classmates to beat her as well.
Many of us experienced different ways of disciplining from our teachers in our youth. Though some teachers take it too far and hurt children physically and damage them emotionally, there are teachers who keep their ways clean but effective.
However, a teacher’s ‘disciplinary actions’ lead to the death of a 10-year-old Nairobi girl, just because she couldn’t read. According to reports, the teacher started hitting Joy Wangari on the head after finding out that the latter couldn’t read. The teacher from Mukandamia Primary School then urged and encouraged Joy’s classmates to hit and beat her as well.
A parent, Mary Wanjiku said: ‘The desk mates were ordered to teach her how to read and beat her if she could not.
‘The teacher started hitting her on the back when the girl said she could not read.’
Joy complained to the school’s head teacher, and was allowed to go home early. She was living alone with her 86-year-old grandmother.
Neighbour Ann Wairimu said: ‘I visited the girl at home and she looked very weak and complained of abdominal and back pains.
‘She said she was beaten by her teacher and classmates.’
Four days after the attack, Joy was taken to the hospital as her injuries worsened. While under treatment, Joy succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital. The teacher immediately went into hiding following Joy’s death.
Sub-County Director of Education Kamemba Kamande stated: ‘We have not taken any disciplinary action against anyone but, should we find any of the teachers culpable, then we will take action.’
Parent Simon Mureithi claimed that this was not the first instance of violence committed by teachers on pupils.
He said: ‘I transferred my child from the school after he was beaten badly by the teacher and there are many others who have the same complaint. We demand that all the teachers be replaced by more humane ones.’