Chavakali Boys High School Closed Indefinitely
Chavakali Boys High School has been closed indefinitely following students unrest that led to destruction of property.
It is reported that the rampage last night led to the destruction of school property including the school’s power system.
The unrest comes just a few days after fire broke out in one of the dormitories destroying student’s property.
“Dear parent, this is to inform you that last night there was an unrest in school. The students caused damage to the school property which included classes, kitchen, DH, food store and power system among other areas. With this condition on the ground the students have been released and time to resume will be communicated to you later,” reads a communication to the parents.
The government yesterday heeded to pressure and allowed the students to proceed to a mid-term break so as to contain the wave of the unrest.
In a memo to all county education directors all secondary school students in the country will break for mid-term on Friday, November 19th, and resume on Tuesday, November 23rd.
“As you are aware the Ministry of Education issued school terms dates vide Circular Ref. No. dated 3rd December 2020.It has been decided that the half term break will commence on Friday 19th November, 2021. You are required to bring this information to the attention of all principals of secondary schools within your area of jurisdiction.” Dr. Julius Juan Education Principal Secretary said in a Circular.
Several schools had recently reported fire outbreaks connected to student unrest as a result of the crash programme being perceived as the cause.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), through its chairperson Omboko Milemba urged the ministry to allow the students to proceed to a midterm break stating that both teachers and students are straining.
Milemba has however, asked the government to stop intimidating principals on matters policies.
‘‘We are happy they have heed to our calls and that the children will now proceed for half term break to allow them refresh…secondly we want to appeal to the government please discuss your policies with schools heads to ensure that they are well articulated. Your find that principals are intimidated they can’t ask any question, they are coerced to implement policies made elsewhere …Teachers are also tired,’’ Omboko said.
By Allan Otieno
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