Three secondary schools in Murang’a South have experienced student strife this week.
Gaichanjiru Boys, Kariua and Kigumo Bendera secondary schools have been rocked by unrest as Form Four students prepare to sit for their mock exams.
In Gaichanjiru, 460 students went on the rampage to protest “high-handedness” of their deputy principal. They pelted their classroom and dormitory windows with stones before clashing with police officers who were called in to quell the violence.
After the riots, an injured Form Three student, Patrick Kihara Maina later died at a Thika hospital where he was being treated. Yesterday, Kandara District Education Officer (DEO) Charles Manyala said urgent measures have been taken to prevent the disturbances from spilling over to other schools.
“Principals are on high alert and have been urged to report students’ unrest to the authorities,” said Manyala. In Kariua Secondary School, the DEO said the students walked out of school in protest before the mock examinations started.