The Chania Boys Principal Alan Macharia collapsed in his office and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Thika Level 5 Hospital onThursday afternoon.
Macharia served the school for two years before he passed away.
Simon Wahome, the deputy principal, said the deceased was in his office together with the secretary and the school bursar when he developed breathing difficulty.
He further stated that the deceased arrived at the school at around 8:30am and held a two-hour meeting with a board member and a contractor over the construction of a new dormitory.
“I was called from my house by the bursar. I found the deceased inside his car so I drove him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead,” he said.
Wahome further said according to the secretary, the head teacher complained of shortness of breath and walked out of his office to his car where he collapsed.
Thika West Sub County director of education Ronald Mbogo eulogized the school head as a dedicated, experienced, passionate, veteran principal who was ever jovial.
“He was very experienced. He was those teachers who taught with dedication and passion. It’s unfortunate we lost him when he was still attending school functions,” said Mbogo.
The news took many educationists including Thika West Heads Association chairman Julius Muraya with shock.
Muraya said the school head who had also served Kirogo boys in Murang’a County as a principal was on medication for a long time and had been admitted to various hospitals after suffering a heart attack.
Muraya said the deceased was on medication as three years back he had suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized at the Agha khan hospital.
His son Mwangi Macharia described his father as a loving and caring man who provided for his family with passion.
The body of the school head has been preserved at Kenyatta University Funeral Home.