At a time when many schools are celebrating good performance following the release of the 2021 KCPE exams results, Chingondi primary school in Bomet central is deserted with no pupils nor teachers around the school.
The compound is in isolation and the prevailing silence is deafening, a clear indication that things are not well.
The tiny gate made of iron sheets has even been left open and the security guard is nowhere to be seen.
Parents of candidates who sat for the examination here are in shock and have been trooping here since Monday to try and get the results of their children.
This small school tucked in the remote part of Silibwet Township is at the centre of discussion among everyone in the village and across.
As we arrive at the school, the residents who had earlier staged a demonstration are shying away from the cameras and conversing in low tones.
Not anyone here is brave to publicly disclose to us the marks that their children scored.
In their protests, they demanded the immediate transfer of the school head who they argued is to blame for the streak of poor performances at the school.
Panicking education officials had been forced to visit the institution to try and quell the simmering tension between school management and the residents.
The residents who trooped to the school as early as 9 am on Wednesday morning protested what they said has been a trend of poor results with no efforts by the ministry to take action.
In this year’s results, the leading candidate scored 137 marks out of 500 while the last one had 44.
A copy of the results in our possession shows that candidates had almost similar marks in each of the subjects which also raises more questions.
“We do not understand why this school has been performing poorly every year, the headteacher and his deputy should be transferred and new ones brought in to run the school,” said Bernard Masai.
Joan Kirui, another parent, said it was sad that they have been providing all that is needed for their children to excel only to receive heartbreaking results.
“Education officials have promised us that all children will get letters of admission to high schools but what are you going to do with such marks?” she posed adding that discipline among the pupils was wanting.
Bomet central sub-county Walter Sang refused to comment over the matter saying he was yet to brief his bosses.
“For now we are not going to talk to you until we brief our seniors…in fact, the results have not been verified,” he said.