More than 800 students of Maliki boys have been sent home for causing distraction in the school after going rampage.
The students last night caused mayhem in school just after supper and started breaking the window panes in their classes and offices something that prompted police to step in and tried to contain the situation but when they left at around 1am, the students regrouped again and caused more damage breaking into principal’s offices and destroyed all the documents, went into the store and destroyed the food safe for the school bus which was left intact and also their dormitories.
According to sources and the writing on the many walls in the school, the students wanted their principal Mr. Charles Abuko to be transferred for having a bad relationship with the teachers and students.
Parents who talked to journalists condemned the incident and called on police to do a lot of investigations to bring to book those who were involved, doubting if the students alone can do the biggest damage they did given that there were no signs of such plans during the day.
“Since this school began we have never had such incident and this is serious, I believe someone more than a student is behind this and must have incited the students and therefore we call upon the DCI to do their duties and investigate seriously on this matter and arrest anyone behind it without fear or favor,” said one parent.
Another parent decried the hard economic times and said they don’t know how they will manage to repair the school by paying the large penalty that will be leveled against the students for the damage caused and called on the government to step in and help the school to regain its normal operations.
“Some of us have huge school fees balances and we know the penalty will be huge as I see because of the damage caused by our boys and I just don’t know if we will manage and just hope the government and the Tongaren CDF will support us to reduce the penalty, ” added another parent.
Addressing the media, Bungoma North KNUT General Secretary Chrispinus Sifuna faulted the students for the action they took but also criticized the school management for losing touch with students to evade the strike.
“We thank God that none of the students lost life during the incident in school despite damages done, but the Principal and his teachers seem to have lost touch with their students because they would have at least gotten wind of the strike and avoided it earlier before it occurred,” said Sifuna.
He said the act of strikes in school is becoming rampant in Bungoma County after the same thing happening in Maeni girls, Nakalira mixed, Kamusinde boys, Namwela boys among other schools and called on the ministry to up the game and get to the root of the matter.
However, getting the address from the school Principal Mr Charles Abuko proved futile even when he was in school and same to the school management who refused to address the media.