KENYA: SEVEN GIRL STUDENTS CHARGED WITH DAMAGING SCHOOL PROPERTIES

NAIROBI– Seven students from Kisumu Girls High School who were arraigned before a Kenyan court have been released on a bond of Ksh 50,000 and a surety of a similar amount or Ksh 30,000 cash bail.

The girls were who were charged with malicious damage of school property worth over Kshs 2 million and causing disturbance denied the charges.

The seven students are accused of having destroyed fire extinguisher equipment, shattered windowpanes among other properties during the unrest that rocked the school early this month.

The seven girls aged between 15 and 18 were arraigned before the Kisumu chief magistrate Julius Ng’ang’a.

They were also accused of destroying the windscreen of a vehicle belonging to the school principal.

Their case shall be heard on Aug 7.

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto recently appealed to students from across the country to stop destroying school infrastructure and undermining the country’s education system amid increased arson in public schools.

Ruto said the Government and parents spend a lot of money building schools so that students can have access to quality education.

I ask students of our country not to engage in acts that undermine education in our country by destroying infrastructure and making it impossible for us to empower them, Ruto urged.

At least 47 schools throughout Kenya have been affected by arsons involving students since May.

Preliminary investigations showed 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.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed 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.

The Ministry of Education has maintained that those culpable will be treated as criminals.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK