10-year-old girl beaten to death in Laikipia for failing to read properly in class

The standard three pupil at Mukandamia Primary School, was severely beaten by her teacher who also asked the other pupils to join in after she failed to properly read an English sentence in class.

A 10-year-old girl in Laikipia County died after allegedly being beaten by a teacher and her classmates.

Joy Wangari, a standard three pupil at Mukandamia Primary School, was severely beaten by her teacher who also asked the other pupils to join in after she failed to properly read an English sentence in class.

She later died while being rushed to the hospital by neighbours.

The teacher who is said to have descended on the girl with kicks and slaps has since gone into hiding after the incident.

Naromoru police boss Michael Mbalaku and the area Education Officer Kamemba Kamande have launched investigations into the matter and have vowed those found will be brought to book.

The area Chief Robert Macharia said the law will take its course and will follow up the matter until the investigations are completed.

Similar cases

Cases of corporal punishment turned fatal is not are not uncommon in Kenya.

Last year, a Standard Eight pupil in a primary school in Subukia died after he was allegedly beaten up by a teacher

The teacher is said to have descended on the 14-year-old David Ndung'u with kicks and blows after the boy performed dismally in Social Studies.

Last year the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Mataing’i was forced to visit a school in Vihiga County where teachers had been recorded on camera brutally punishing students.

Some schools in the country still engage in corporal punishment despite banning of the same in 2001.

Teachers who practice it believe the main reason of using corporal punishment in schools is that they believe that it is the most effective way of disciplining students.

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