Mang’u High School students strike over colleague’s suspension

Hundreds of students from Mang’u High School on Friday afternoon walked out of the school in protest over the suspension of one of the prefects.

The school principal, Mr. Abraham Githuka, said that the form four student was sent home Friday morning over an indiscipline issue.

The boy had on Monday slapped a form two student for allegedly sitting down during the morning assembly, after the assembly he followed him up to the classroom and beat him again. And when asked to explain why he did it, he told us he was disciplining the boy for sitting as the assembly went on, explained the Principal.

The Principal said the form two boy explained that he was not feeling well and that was why he was sitting down.

We sat as a Board and decided it was proper that the prefect gets disciplined for his actions and today morning asked him to go home and report back with his parents on June 15th when the Board was scheduled to have a meeting, the Principal explained.

The decision did not auger well with the rest of the prefects most of whom are in form four.

They incited the rest of the students and about 100 of them walked out the school, but the rest remained in their respective classes. Some are coming back and we are letting them in after frisking them and talking to them at the gate, he said.

A few students that KNA caught up with in Juja town said their walk out had been planned prior to the incident.

The form four students are the ones mainly behind it. They tried on Thursday but failed. But today, a majority of us walked out peacefully in protest against victimization and favoritism by the Administration, said one student.

The Principal said he believed the walk-out was a cover up of something else that the boys wanted to achieve.

They say the food, dormitories and learning is okay but complain of victimization. Is it that they do not want to be disciplined? It is like they are fighting to be allowed to control the school since they are alleging that they used to be powerful prefects a while back but they no longer are, said Mr. Githuka.

The school has over 1,200 students.

Juja OCPD, Patricia Nasio, confirmed that some students had peacefully walked out of the school and no property was destroyed.

Nasio said that no student had been reported injured.

Source: Kenya News Agency