Kipsangui Boys High School in Uasin Gishu County Wednesday closed indefinitely following unrest.
On Tuesday Night the students engaged teachers in running battles before torching a school store and stoning the administration block destroying property of unknown value.
According to the County director of Education in Uasin Gishu Hassan Khalifa, the students engaged in the demonstrations following a poorly cooked Ugali meal that was served to them on Tuesday Night.
“The students complained that they were served partially cooked Ugali hence part of the reason for the rampage, the Principle intervened by providing bread to the students but that did not suffice” He said.
Apart from the poor diet the students also complained about the school’s routine, discipline issues and some subjects not being attended to by teachers. He Added
The executive board of the school management was advised by a multi-agency team led by the Sub County director of education and the deputy county commissioner to close the school indefinitely, sending home over 500 students.
“The report is ready ,there will be a full board meeting at the school and we will ensure that the grievances raised are addressed to the latter” Opined Hassan.
The CDE has directed school administrators and boards of managements within Uasin Gishu County to provide channels for dialogue in order to avert the now more frequent schools unrest within the county,
“They should increase suggestions boxes and make sure issues raised are addressed timely by the boards and a communication made during the parades ,Students council leadership should also be engaged by the schools administration.”
The director has also promised to enforce the involvement and co-opting of parents with students in the schools into the boards of management as required by the Education act, this he says will help in the management of students affairs.