Ever heard of a high school principal who wears full school uniform to work?
Well, meet Alex Maina Kariuki the principal of Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma county. He reports to work Monday to Friday wearing the school’s complete uniform, from shirt, to trousers to socks and tie.
Often times, students mistake him as one of their own.
But it’s not just the students, the local community as well is yet to come to terms with his new style of leadership. They expected that a principal of one of the marquee high schools in the country to be in sharp suits, not school sweaters and blazers.
But Mr Maina explains that his unique way of doing things is for the greater good of the students.
He says it has been his tradition to wear a school uniform at work, even in his former post at Ololaiser High School in Kajiado county
He was transferred to Friends School Kamusinga in January.
“From the previous school I came from, Ololaiser high school, it was my tradition to put on school uniform Mondays and Fridays.
“I have very basic reasons why I put on school uniform. One of them is to identify me with the students, get to their level and be reachable in case they have a need because the uniform puts people on the same bar.” Maina said in an interview with a TV station.
His appointment ran into headwinds after a section of MCAs in Bungoma county stormed the school and frog marched him out of office.
This was just days after Governor Wycliffe Wangamati had threatened to have him evicted.
The governor argued that Mr Maina was not best suited to head the school based on the performances of his previous post.
Mr Maina has since weathered the storm and settled at work.