More schools closed as student unrest hits Nyanza region


More schools closed as student unrest hits Nyanza region
Maliera Boys Secondary School. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Kisumu Girls High School initiated the trend. On Sunday – July 1, 2018 – the students went on rampage, vandalizing the dining hall and a computer laboratory.  They accused the principal of high-handedness.
  • Then came Ng’iya Girls High School which was closed on Tuesday - July 3 – following a protest by the students.
  • On that very Tuesday, three Form Three students at Maranda High School in Bondo issued a strike notice, accusing the management of mistreating learners.

The last couple of weeks have seen a number of schools closed in the Nyanza region due to student unrest or fire outbreaks.

The worrying trend has left the public with lots of unanswered questions, even prompting the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to issue a stern warning against all learners in the country, cautioning them against involvement in any form of crime while in school.

Kisumu Girls High School initiated the trend. On Sunday – July 1, 2018 – the students went on rampage, vandalizing the dining hall and a computer laboratory.  They accused the principal of high-handedness.

And so, the following morning – Monday, July 2 – Kisumu County Director of Education Sabina Aroni ordered closure of the school.

Then came Ng’iya Girls High School which was closed on Tuesday – July 3 – following a protest by the students.

On that very Tuesday, three Form Three students at Maranda High School in Bondo issued a strike notice, accusing the management of mistreating learners.

They alluded to a poor diet and demanded a total overhaul of their learning timetables. And, so, the following day – Wednesday, July 4 – the County Education Management team held a meeting where they resolved to send the students home.

Since then, numerous high schools have been closed indefinitely due to reasons such as student unrest or fire break-outs.

By Sunday evening, schools which had fallen victim to the wave of unrest included Ambira Boys, Maliera Boys, Chulaimbo Boys, Usenge Boys, St. Augustine Nyamonye Girls’ as well as Oriwo Boys High Schools.

And then Kenyans woke up on Monday morning to the news that a dormitory of 150 students was razed down by fire at Kadiege Mixed Secondary School in, Rachuonyo North sub-county.

According to the school principal, Philip Okong’o, the fire broke out at around 7:30am when the students were in the assembly grounds.

Onjiko High School has also been closed indefinitely over unrest in the school, according to Nyando OCPD Fannuel Nasio.

Many say the latest head teacher transfers as the government seeks to delocalise schools across the country could be the main trigger.

Others, like Ministry of Education PS Belio Kipsang have repeated the age old claim that the students are afraid of sitting exams.

Additional reporting by Aly Abich, Allan Obiero, George Amolo.

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