Kenya: Chesamisi High School Closed After Students Riot Over Entertainment

24 January 2021

Chesamisi High School in Kimilili Sub-county, Bungoma County, was closed indefinitely on Sunday following destructive student riots over a change in the entertainment programme.

Reports indicated that rioting began after the entertainment session was rescheduled from nighttime to daytime.

Kimilili Sub-county Education boss George Okoth said they resolved to close the institution since tuition facilities, teachers' records, security equipment, vehicles and other property was extensively damaged.

"Nothing can take place [at the school]. The students will be informed of the next steps after the board of management meets. Students must vacate the premises immediately," he said earlier on Sunday.

The students accused Deputy Principal Tom Adanga of highhandedness and changing the entertainment programme without consulting them.

They said they rioted after they pleaded in vain for a return to the original programme.

Moses Ernest said, "The damage is extensive. Vehicles belonging to the principal and one of the teachers were damaged. No office was spared. All the window panes in the tuition blocks were broken and the ICT room damaged. Motherboards are missing."

He added, "It is scary for our teachers. It is difficult to imagine that the students we teach can greatly damage our well-established school."

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