An insider who requested not to be named for fear of being victimized said: “As we speak at this very moment Mr Hongo has rushed to Nairobi to fight for the cancellation of his transfer at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) headquarters through his connection not only at the TSC but also the ministry of education and political connections”
The Nambale High School Principal has reportedly defied a transfer order away from the institution by the Teachers Service Commission allegedly because of the money he makes from the businesses he runs at the school whose student population is 1, 200.
Reports indicate that the principal Charles Hongo is instead fighting for the cancellation of the transfer. The man has turned the respected institution into a personal money-making entity right from the teachers’ staff rooms, the school canteen to the ground’s men. Everybody must pander to his orders or whims or they are in trouble from him.
An insider who requested not to be named for fear of being victimized said: “As we speak at this very moment Mr Hongo has rushed to Nairobi to fight for the cancellation of his transfer at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) headquarters through his connection not only at the TSC but also the ministry of education and political connections.”
Reports say that Mr Hongo had travelled to meet his “Godfathers at the TSC, the ministry of educations and powerful politicians” to ensure that the transfer is nullified after the chairman of the school’s board of management had confirmed it following media inquiries. The emerging issue is the fact that this development is creating more problems than answers, but at whose cost?
The bottom line is the fact that Mr Hongo is making a lot of money right from the tendering for the students and non-teaching staff uniforms, food and other essential supplies to the institution, mattresses for the students amongst many other things
Source say that the principal received the transfer letter early this month to move to Keveye high school to be replaced by yet another seasoned high school principal, but refused to move with immediate effect as ordered by his employer.
The bottom line is the fact that Mr Hongo is making a lot of money right from the tendering for the students and non-teaching staff uniforms, food and other essential supplies to the institution, mattresses for the students amongst many other things that are required to run the institution at highly inflated prices.
“The best example I can give is that of students’ mattresses where Mr Hongo is the principal supplier and charges the parents buying for their children at double the market prices,” said the source.
Queries to the chairman of the school’s Board of Management Prof. Okumu Bigambo confirmed the transfer saying that it was possible and powerful forces were involved in the transfer, but could not elaborate more about the whole business.
The principal is also facing queries for contracting watchmen to man the school from a Kisumu County-based security firm where he is said to have vested interests. It also emerged that he has now made all the watchmen who hail from Busia county be housed at the institution for reasons best known to himself.
Early this year trouble erupted at the institution when it emerged that Mr Hongo was running the multi-million shillings public school as a personal entity totally without any sense of teamwork with teachers and other employees under him
Parents and stakeholders were up in arms over the fact that Mr Hongo had either sacked or demoted security officers at the institution and replaced them with those from his security firm based in Kisumu called Pride King.
They were demanding to know why a high school in Busia County should have security officers from Mr Hongo’s Kisumu County’s based security firm when locally hired security officers had been manning the institution since its establishment in the 1960s – not to mention the fact that there were many Busia County-based security firms that could be hired.
Nambale High School has been one of the best performing High Schools in the region with a student population of more than 1200 being among the top five in the county and 100 in the Kenya Secondary Examinations (KCSE) under the leadership of the previous principal Solomon Sisuma who was transferred with protest from stakeholders.
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