A sombre mood has engulfed Low Kihara Primary School in Gashie area, Kiambu county, after a Class Eight pupil fell from a flag post and died moments later.
The pupil died on Monday, January 25, morning.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate was reportedly asked by his teacher to climb the flag mast and remove an object that was stuck at the top.
He, however, lost grip and tragically fell to the ground.
According to a report by Citizen TV, the 12-year-old boy died shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital, sparking anger and rage from parents who stormed the institution to demand answers.
The tragic incident happened on the morning of Monday, January 25, during a Science class.
Parents who took to the streets to protest the death of the candidate claimed the pupil was made to climb the flag mast as a punishment and not out of the teacher’s request to remove the abject as alleged by the school.
Efforts by journalists to get answers from the institution proved futile as the headteacher could not be reached.
However, Kiambaa sub-county Michael Muchiri dismissed the claims made by parents and insisted the tragic incident was accidental.
“I can tell you with certainty, this was no punishment. This was a normal science lesson that turned out very tragically indeed,” said Muchiri.