Union urges probe into â€˜mysteriousâ€™ teachersâ€™ deaths
Shocking newsMost shocking to parents, teachers and students, she said, was Juma’s death less than a week after Anyango’s death. Juma collapsed in his house, never to wake up. “There was no medical history that we know of. Juma played volleyball,” the principal said. “He took a shower after work and played with his two children. He was in his sitting room talking and laughing with his wife who was in the bedroom when tragedy struck. He suddenly went quiet, and when his wife went to check on him, he was unconscious.” Neighbours rushed him to St Joseph’s Shelter of Hope Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. “We have asked ourselves many questions. Why is it only our school that has been rocked by deaths? Only God knows,” said Wambua. A year ago, the school was in the news again after its principal, Asumpta Munyao, collapsed and died in Machakos town. A postmortem of Juma, who will be buried today, revealed that air was trapped in his lungs, causing capillaries to burst leading to his death. An official of Kuppet said the work environment has of late become demanding and that some of their members are not coping well. The official said some of their members are undergoing stress at their places of work, and asked for the intervention of their employer, Teachers Service Commission. “Teachers are suffering from stress. Part of this may be attributed to rigid policies and the controversial teacher appraisal and development programme. There is much stress and this may have contributed to the sickness of the dozens of teachers in Taita Taveta,” he claimed. New County Director of Education Simon Mwangi Wanjohi dismissed as baseless and retrogressive claims that teachers were stressed. “The deaths are unfortunate. But they have nothing to do with the work regime,” said the Education officer in an interview yesterday. “Everybody, myself included, is working hard to help improve the poor standards of education. Work pressure is not to blame,” responded Mr Wanjohi. Mwatate OCPD Monica Kimani said the deaths had caused concern in the region. Anyango was buried last weekend while Juma will be buried today.
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