Kev­eye Girls strike, de­mand prin­ci­pal back

Sev­eral stu­dents were in­jured dur­ing the chaos. They were treated and dis­charged

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - JOSEPH JAMENYA @TheS­tarKenya

Four Kev­eye Girls stu­dents were in­jured af­ter stu­dents went on a ram­page, van­dalised prop­erty and en­gaged in a night-long bat­tle with po­lice.

They were treated at a hospi­tal and re­leased.

On Mon­day night they protested against the in­ter­dic­tion of prin­ci­pal Ju­dith Ngome and de­manded her re­turn.

Chaos erupted af­ter Teach­ers Ser­vice Com­mis­sion­ers of­fi­cials in Vi­higa ap­pointed deputy prin­ci­pal Vi­o­let Mwale as act­ing prin­ci­pal.

Ngome was ac­cused of mis­man­ag­ing funds and pro­tect­ing a teacher ac­cused of hav­ing an af­fair with a form three stu­dent at the school.

In 2014 Kev­eye Girls emerged top in the KCSE exam in vi­higa county, with a 10.3 mean score. The stu­dents want Ngome, who was in­ter­dicted last week, re­in­stated and the school man­age­ment com­mit­tee re­con­sti­tuted. The in­jured stu­dents were treated and re­leased from Mbale Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal.

Po­lice sur­rounded the school af­ter they were alerted of the 7.30pm vi­o­lence in which the girls van­dalised school prop­erty.

While clos­ing the school, Sa­ba­tia deputy sub­county ad­min­is­tra­tor Isa­iah Tanui said the stu­dents are still rest­less and they can­not be al­lowed to stay in the com­pound. “Stu­dents said they are not happy with Ngome’s re­place­ment,” he said at the school yes­ter­day.

Tanui added, “The stu­dents are claim­ing Mwale is rude and they can­not ac­cept her as their new prin­ci­pal.”

The de­ci­sion to close the school will not af­fect form four can­di­dates as they will re­main in school.

Sa­ba­tia ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Alex Duro said, “A lot of dam­age has been done at the school. The stu­dents who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries were treated and dis­charged,” he said.

Ed­u­ca­tion CS Fred Ma­tiang’i vis­ited the school in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a video show­ing Kev­eye teach­ers can­ing stu­dents went vi­ral. The TSC formed a com­mit­tee on Fe­bru­ary 24 to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged bru­tal­ity by teach­ers against in Kev­eye Girls. TSC county di­rec­tor Stephen Mudho said there were wran­gles be­tween teach­ers and the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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