23 July 2004

Kenya: Two More Schools Closed As Students Go On the Rampage

Nairobi — Two schools in Nyeri District have been closed indefinitely in the wake of student riots.

More than 300 students from Ngooru Secondary School in Mukurweini and another 150 from Nyakahura School in Othaya division were sent home following the unrests.

Trouble at Ngooru started on Tuesday when the students went on the rampage allegedly because they did not want to sit examinations. Six rolls of bhang were discovered in the classrooms.

At Nyakahura, the students boycotted classes demanding to be addressed by the district education officer, Mr Erastus Kariuki. They said they could only disclose their grievances to him. But the officer was said to be unavailable.

And in Murang'a, 40 students fled from their school after they damaged property in a night of violence.

The 40 Form Two students had tried to incite the others to strike to compel the school to give them bread with their 11 am tea. But their colleagues refused and chased them from the school.

Meanwhile, Nyandarua division police boss Charles Ogolla yesterday said incidents of students' unrest had ended after the closure of two schools in South Kinangop division.

He said there was need for headteachers to work closely with the police to protect lives and school property.

Njabini Boys and Heni Secondary schools were closed indefinitely after students went on the rampage and destroyed school property.

And the dining hall and kitchen of Cheptiret Secondary School in Uasin Gishu were destroyed by fire yesterday. But the cause of the 12.30 am blaze was not immediately established.

Headmaster Joseph Ruto said the fire could have been started by arsonists.

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