A primary school teacher from webuye constituency in Bungoma county has set himself on fire after the Teachers service Commission sent him a dismissal letter over indiscipline. The teacher is said to have made the decision to end his life after he received the letter. Luckily, he was rescued by his colleagues and he is currently nursing his injuries and fighting for his life in webuye hospital.
Speaking to local media, webuye east commissioner, peter yego, confirmed the incident and added that the victim also attempted to set his colleagues on fire too.
“He came to school around 7.45 am using the backdoor, he had a talk with the teacher on duty and asked if he could see the principal. He gained access to the principal’s office and locked the door. That’s when he set himself on fire on the veranda connecting the principal’s office and the deputy’s.” The school’s watchman said.
Reports have it that the said teacher sprinkled petrol throughout the floor and then set the office on fire. The office which connects to the staffroom went up on flames which spread towards the staffroom area. The teachers who were in the staffroom noticed the fire and quickly run for safety through the staffroom windows. Luckily, none of the teachers were injured.
The teacher is said to have been disturbed emotionally ever since he received the letter, however, he is set to be arraigned in court after he is fully recovered. According to Peter Yego, some of the charges the teacher will face include,
destruction of public property.
The education stakeholders are planning to introduce new ways of dealing with indiscipline among teachers and students.
To students, corporal punishment has been a topic of discussion in the recent past, given the mass student unrest in the country. The idea has been seconded by a number of cabinet secretaries including Fred Matiang’i. As for the teachers the stakeholders are planning to introduce new training materials to educate them.