The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Students Unrest Worrying, Says Kiharu MP Mwangi

Kiharu MP Muturi Mwangi has expressed concern over students unrest in secondary schools in Murang'a, Kiambu and Kirinyaga. The MP at the same said pit latrines in most schools in Kiharu have collapsed following the ongoing heavy down pour.

Addressing headteachers when he launched the Kiharu end of year examanination evaluation, Mwangi said: "The increasing strikes in our schools are very disturbing and I urge the schools' administration to look into the problem."

The MP told managers of the schools to stop blaming one another over the strikes and work together to address the problem. "It is disturbing for students to just walk home after refusing to sit for examinations," said Mwangi.

About 115 schools in Central province have been closed down because of students' unrest. The Star has learnt that the students were against the extension of the third term by three weeks.

In Murang'a county over 15 schools have gone on strike with about 14 students being arraigned in court for arson. Property worth thousands of shillings has also been destroyed in the rampage that occurred simitinously after a strike notice SMS circulated in the schools.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker said the number of school toilets which have collapsed has increased drastically. He added that majority of the collapsing toilets are those of the girls student.

Muturi however asked the school administrations to report to his office any case of collapsed toilet for assistance. "We cannot allow schools to go without toilets, the CDF that the facilitates are replaced immediately, 'he added.

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