NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31- Police are pursuing a primary school teacher who went into hiding after a Standard 3 pupil died after a beating.
The Mukadamia Primary School deputy head teacher is said to have ruthlessly beaten 10 year-old Joy Waguthi, after she was unable to read an English sentence during class work.
The teacher also asked her colleagues to beat her after she failed to read the sentence as he watched.
It is after the incident that Waguthi started complaining of feeling unwell until the condition worsened, prompting the school administration to call her 86 year-old granny to pick her up.
“Joy was in pain…she only wanted water or anything else to drink,” one of the area residents who saw the child a few minutes before her death said.
Waguthi and her twin who is in Class Four lost their parents at a tender age.
Since then, they have been in the custody of their granny who lives with them at Village Six in Solio Settlement scheme in Laikipia County.
Due to the complications caused by internal injuries, Waguthi started coughing blood after a couple of days.
She passed on Monday as she was being rushed to hospital in Mweiga.
“She died in my hands,” a teary neighbour who had volunteered to rush Waguthi to hospital said. “It is sad. What did the orphan kid do to deserve this?”
Education officials from the county have since held a meeting with the school parents who were demanding the arrest and removal of the deputy head teacher accused of the heinous act.
Angered parents had stormed the school armed and ready to lynch the teacher whom they accused of mistreating pupils.
“This is a norm. The pupils are mistreated and nothing happens to them despite our complaints,” another parent who has a student in the same school said.
Naromoru police Boss Michael Mbaluku says it is only last week when Waguthi’s granny reported the assault but she is yet to report the death of her grandchild.
The matter is being investigated.