Ng’iya Girls school closed indefinitely following student unrest

Ng’iya girls’ High School has been closed down indefinitely after student went on the rampage over what they described as mistreatment by one of the teachers.

Confirming the closure of the institution, the vice chairperson of the national school’s board of management, Mrs. Margaret Nandi, said the students were ordered to vacate the school premises after they held protests against their boarding mistress, a Mrs. Josephine Kimani Limeli.

The vice chair who spoke to journalists at the school after a closed door meeting between the Ministry of Education officials and the school administration said the students accused the teacher of mistreatment.

Sources told Kenya News Agency that tension began rising in the school on Monday, forcing security officers to rush to cool down the situation.

On Monday evening, the source said, the principal, Florence Okut, held a meeting with form three students where the girls vented out their frustrations in the hands of the boarding mistress whom, they added, was the source of the disquiet amongst the school community.

“The principal promised action against the boarding mistress and hinted at replacing her” said a student adding that this made the form three girls to shout in celebration.

Apparently, the source added, other students mistook this as a cue for the beginning of a strike and poured out of their classrooms, shouting and pelting the buildings with stones.

In the process, the dining hall, kitchen and some dormitories’ windows were damaged, before policemen arrived to cool down the situation.

Nandi said the students will remain home until a later date.

Siaya county director of education, Masibo Kituyi and the area deputy county commissioner, Joseph Sawe confirmed the closure of the national school.

Kituyi said that the board of management will meet this Friday to chart the way forward.

“The school was ordered closed following the events of last evening. The damage was not serious, some windows were broken” said the county director.


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