14 November 2012

Kenya: Rwika Students Protest Increase in School Fees, Meals

Students from Rwika Institute of Science and Technology in Mbeere South yesterday protested against increase of school fees. The nearly 500 students walked 20 kilometres to Embu town to present their grievances to education authorities.

They harassed motorists on the Embu-Kiritiri road on the way. Wielding twigs and shouting slogans against their principal Simon Kivuti, the students complained that the college administration abruptly increased the school fees from Sh25,000 per term to Sh35,000.

They said services have not been improved at the institution to warrant the hike. The students said their meals are badly cooked, their hostels are in pathetic conditions and the school's environment is not conducive for learning. They said their representatives, whom they refer to as ministers, were not consulted by the administration before the fees were increased.

"Our ministers were ignored on the issue even though we elected them to represent us in such issues. This is unfair and we shall not allow it," they said.

Efforts to get comments from the college principal were futile as he was said to have left college on official duty. The students had gone on strike a few weeks ago complaining of poorly cooked meals.

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