KENYA: PARENTS TO BEAR COST OF SCHOOL PROPERTY DAMAGE BY STUDENTS UNREST; 125 STUDENTS ARRESTED

NAIROBI– The Kenyan government has warned that it will not release funds to reconstruct schools destroyed by students.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed says parents and management of schools affected by the unrests will bear the burden of repairing the schools.

She further said a team of quality assurance officers have been dispatched to the affected schools to assess the damages.

She also directed quality assurance officers in all counties to file daily reports on the security situation in their regions with clear explanations on any existing gaps.

At the same time, Amina directed all boarding schools to double the number of teachers on duty over the next two weeks, with greater emphasis on surveillance of boarding facilities.

The Ministry of Education wishes to assure all parents, guardians and stakeholders that extensive measures are being taken to ensure that the safety of learners at our schools is guaranteed, she said.

Preliminary investigations show that the latest unrest has been caused by tough examination rules meant to stamp out cheating in the forthcoming national examinations and general cases of indiscipline among other reasons.

Property of unknown value destroyed following waves of nights fires the latest incident reported in Dr. Kiano high school in Murang’a, Chewioyet Boy in West Pokot and St, Mary’s Girls in Mumias.

Reports from the ministry of education indicating that 10 boarding secondary schools have experienced cases of unrest, of these seven arson cases have targeted dormitories.

Meru high school, Oriwo Secondary School, Kandiege Secondary School, Lamudiac Secondary School, Rohi Girls Secondary, Kisumu girls, Maranda High, Ng’iya girls and Maliera are some of the schools that have already been closed after students went on the rampage destroying property.

The CS says the arson attacks will not distract her ministry from sealing off all loopholes of exam cheating.

The Ministry has adequately prepared for the national examinations in October and November this year. The Ministry has launched a nationwide pre-examination monitoring exercise to ensure that we are adequately prepared for the exercise this year. Already, the Ministry has mapped out areas requiring intensified attention and all systems are geared towards these areas says Amina.

She further revealed that 125 students from various affected schools have been arrested as police intensify the crackdown on all masterminds of the recent cases of student unrest.

So far three students from Siakago Boys in Embu have been jailed for one year on probation and have since cleared from the school. They can only attend a day school as they report to the local chief.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK