Kisumu Girls High School closed indefinitely following unrest

Kisumu Girls’ High School in Kisumu County has been closed indefinitely following unrest by students.

The students went on rampage last evening refusing to resume classes Monday morning, which forced the closure of the school.

The rioting students raised various issues ranging from the principal’s attitude to alleged uncouth language.

They added that their protest included the removal of all co-curricular activities.

They claim that their new Principal Margaret Michuma who reported in the school in March during the delocalisation programme stopped all extra-curricular activities without consultation.

The Kisumu County director of Education Ms Sabina Aroni who closed the school pledged speedy investigations into the allegations in order to resolve the impasse and re-open the school.

Elsewhere, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government officials in Bunyala West Division in Navakholo Sub- County in Kakamega County has rescued 5 girls from forced marriage and had them re-admitted back in schools.

Area Assistant County Commissioner, Mr. Dickens Mawewe said his office had, with the support of teachers, helped rescue school going female learners from forced marriages.

He expressed concern that some unscrupulous fathers were ready to pawn away their daughters into marriage for as little as Shs.200.

“We have been able, with the help of head teachers in the area, taken action to save the girls from early marriage,” Mr. Mawewe said, adding one of the pupils is in primary school.

The Principal of Nanganda Day Secondary School, Mr. Wycliffe Ottawa, thanked the area administration for the support it was giving schools in ensuring girls education was not interfered with.

Mr. Ottawa, who spoke in in his office today, said the school, with the intervention of local administration, had managed to re-admit four girls after being rescued from forced marriages.

He said two girls the schools had re-admitted from intervention by the National Government were bright students now in forms three and four and respectively doing very well.

He said dishonest parents hid behind poverty to push their daughters to get married.

Mr. Ottawa, however, said that the school’s Board of Management (BOM) had managed to rescue two girls who were attending school without paying anything.

He said the school bought uniform for the two girls in form one and was providing free lunch for them given that the government had met tuition fee of over Shs.22, 000.

“Inability to raise lunch money should not deny a child an education,” Mr. Ottawa said.

  

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