November 24th 2017

Society / Education

Strikes: Govt investigating collusion between students and criminals, says Kiraithe

"We are currently investigating claims that there are some people who are using the fires to sabotage the efforts being taken by Education CS Fred Matiang'i," Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe told journalists today.

By Patience Akengapakenga@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 21 Jul 2016 21:28 EAT

As high student strikes convulse the country, the government has embarked on a new strategy it hopes will address the crisis: massive arrest of students implicated in strikes and investigating links between student ringleaders of strikes and criminals.

"We are currently investigating claims that there are some people who are using the fires to sabotage the efforts being taken by Education CS Fred Matiang'i," Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe told journalists today.

More schools were closed today after students destroyed necessary facilities like dormitories and libraries. Kabarnet High in Baringo County, whose students have gone on the rampage three times in the last one month, was closed indefinitely, as was Malindi High at the coast.

The students at Malindi High had gone on strike for two days in a row, torching down a dormitory on Tuesday night and the school library late yesterday.

Overall, strikes have affected learning in nearly 100 schools spread around the country, raising queries as to whether there is a bigger crisis in schools that students are suddenly rising up against.

Kabarnet Boys High School was Wednesday night set ablaze leaving about 400 students stranded in the night.

The incident happened at around 7pm just after the students had had their dinner. The Form One and Form Four pupils who were in school at that moment were preparing to go for their evening preps when the incident occurred.

Elsewhere, students at Giakaibii Girls’ High School in Nyeri spent the morning in the cold after a fire that started at about 5.20am left their dormitories uninhabitable.

On Wednesday, three schools had been torched: Ruthimitu Mixed Secondary School in Dagoretti, Muhoho High School in Gatundu and Malindi High School.

Tuesday, the police arrested up to 109 students and 45 others charged in court over the unrest countrywide.

The students were charged with being in possession of petrol, conspiring to start fires and willful destruction of property.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specialising in entertainment and community affairs.





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