7 June 2012

Kenya: Arabuko Students Sent Home After Rioting

School property of unknown value was yesterday destroyed after students from a high school in Kilifi district went on rampage.

Students of Arabuko-Sokoke Secondary School yesterday went on riot demanding the immediate transfer of their headteacher. Kilifi county director of education Dickson ole Keis said the students had to be sent home after the management failed to control the situation.

Keis noted that the students had been complaining that their headteacher always dismissed them when they forwarded their grievances to him. He further said that his office could do little to help the situation because the school is a private school with its own private management. He ascertained that the students preferred a head teacher who was recently sacked from the school but the management could not confirm that.

According to reliable sources from the school, the headteacher, Mohammed Abdulraham, has always differed with the students and some teachers about pertinent issues in the school. Abdulrahman said students from Form One to Form Four have been sent home after the strike but declined to give more information.

"The students ran wild and smashed windows, broke some chairs and other properties and we had to send them all home after consultation with the school management," he said. Police had to be called to contain the students.

The school was closed indefinitely. The school is a faith-based one which has been admitting students mostly from the Islamic faith from needy families in the area. Kilifi police boss Clement Wangai said they have launched an investigation into the matter. The management is yet to establish the value of the damaged property.

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