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Teacher involved in controversial death of 10-year-old pupil arrested in Laikipia

Laikipia Central Police boss Ben Changulo said the teacher will be arraigned in court on Wednesday as police continue with their investigations.

The teacher at the centre of the controversial death of a 10-year-old pupil at Mukandamia Primary School in Laikipia County has been arrested.

It was alleged that the teacher, 49-year-old Venezio Njuguna Maina, TSC number 373650 beat up the standard three pupil, Joy Wangari and thereafter asked the other pupils to join in after she failed to properly read an English sentence in class.

After the incident, the teacher went into hiding before police finally traced him at a hideout near his home in Chaka.

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Naromoru police boss Michael Mbalaku and the area Education Officer Kamemba Kamande immediately launched investigations into the matter.

According to the Daily Nation, Laikipia Central Police boss Ben Changulo said the teacher will be arraigned in court on Wednesday as police continue with their investigations.

“We will request for more days to complete investigations which include carrying out post-mortem with all parties present,” he said.

Earlier, Laikipia County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha had confirmed the case had been taken up by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who will oversee the post-mortem to determine the cause of the girl’s death.

Multiple corporal punishment cases

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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.

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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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