School head arrested for denying pupils mid-term break
Hillary Rotich, the head teacher of Tea Vale Academy, was arrested on Thursday and the pupils released to go home for their mid-term holiday.
"We received information that learning was going on at the school contrary to the education guidelines and policy and the headmaster was immediately arrested," said Charles Anyika, the Belgut sub-county director of Education. The suspect is being held at Sosiot Police Station.
Currently, primary school pupils are enjoying their mid-term break and will report back to school on Monday
Anyika dismissed claims that there were other school heads in the sub-county who were flaunting the ministry of education policy concerning midterm breaks.
"The Tea Vale Academy incident is an isolated case, other schools have abided by the law," he said.
The ministry has maintained that the school holidays enable pupils to relax and socialise, bond and mingle with the family and community they come from.
“Schools are advised against denying pupils break and giving them a lot of homework when they go home for school holidays. Doing so extends the school to the home environment, which cuts off children from full interaction with the life,” said Ayika. “A school calendar runs for nine months in one year although interposed with smaller breaks which provide room for children to unwind or relax as the learning, though a joyous experience, requires energy.”
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