KENYA SCHOOL CLOSED AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS

NAIROBI– Another high school in Kenya has been closed indefinitely after hundreds of girls walked out of the institution to protest against alleged sexual harassment by a male teacher.

Local media reports that more than 700 students of Maasai Girls High School in Narok, located 110 km southwest of the capital, Nairobi, marched out of the school around 4 am Tuesday morning.

The students allege a male teacher had asked for sexual favours and attempted to assault one of them.

Tension was rife at Masaai Girls secondary school, located on the outskirts of Narok town, as enraged parents stormed the school demanding answers after their daughters were found stranded in the town’s streets in the wee hours of the morning.

Some of the parents who spoke to journalists at the institution tearfully narrated how their daughters risked their lives by walking out of the school unattended.

My form one daughter called me at around 5am informing me that she was stranded in town.I was terrified.I sent a taxi driver to pick her up and I am now here at the school to get answers on what really transpired, said Triza Nadupoi, a parent.

John Partungas, another parent, called for speedy investigations and apprehension of the culprit behind the incident saying as parents they wanted assurance of the safety of their daughters at the school.

The school administration, teachers, parents’ representatives and area education officials who held an hour-long crisis meeting over the matter acknowledged that a male teacher was under investigations over sexual harassment.

Samuel Sankale, Narok North Sub-County Education Director, ordered the school to be closed to allow the investigators complete their probe into the incident.

Rose Oteko,the school Principal who did not deny investigations of the teacher, revealed that there were other underlying issues that might have provoked the students to walk out of the school.

Schools Parents Association Chairman Joseph Pareiyo assured parents that no stone will be left unturned in a bid to unravel the saga adding that the school management should not interfere with the ongoing investigations.

School Board of Management Chairman Lemita ole Lemein said they are deliberating on the matter and will soon call all parents to brief them on what exactly happened.

He said: The school shall remain closed till the board gets fine details on the incident and we shall call the parents to inform them on what happened. We are working with the education officials to summon teachers, subordinate staff and all the concerned persons to give us an explanation.

The incident happens barely over a week ago after Moi Girls-Nairobi was closed after a student was allegedly raped by unknown persons on June 2.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK