Mombasa’s Nyali Primary School has police on site after parents brought up a concern with the management.
Later on in the day, irate parents are anticipated to bring a petition to the school demanding that the new deputy principal, Toney Ogunga, be dismissed.
Learning at the school was disrupted last Tuesday after a group of parents and stakeholders stormed the building and demanded that Ogunga be expelled.
They claim that he was hired despite not following the established procedures.
The principal barricaded himself in his office this morning, refusing to talk to Nyali OCPD Daniel Mumasaba or the leader of Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI), Khalif Khelef.
To maintain peace, officers from Nyali Police Station had to step in.
According to the parents, the school’s New Year’s circular from Benjamin Gitonga, the chairman, informed them of Ogunga’s recruitment.
The parents claim Ogunga was hired as the deputy principal but has since taken over as the acting school principal.
Since the previous principal left, a dispute has developed over the hiring of someone to take up his role.
The board’s attempts to choose a new principal were unsuccessful after several members filed a lawsuit to stop the hiring process on the grounds that it was not transparent and competitive enough.