Property of unknown value has been destroyed at Kipsangui boys high school in Uasin Gishu County after students went on a rampage.
This is after students went on a strike over a poorly cooked meal that was served to them which they claimed has become a norm.
Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Issack Khalif Hassan said students burnt the school’s hay store, stoned the administration block, and destroyed property.
“We have officially closed Kipsangui boys high school following the unrest that took place in the school. he students engaged in the demonstrations following a poorly cooked Ugali meal that was served to them on Tuesday night,” said the Uasin Gishu CDE.
“ A Multi-agency team was sent to the institution and Police officers were deployed once the students started the destruction,” added Khalif.
The education director said his office will address the issues raised by the students which include the diet, the school routine, some of the discipline issues, and the curriculum.
“On Tuesday, we met with the board and we made a decision on the fate of the school. The principal took a role call to verify the number of students who left the school and contacted their parents and the remaining students were addressed on the same,” he said.
Some of the grievances the boys raised were; harassment by student leaders, lack of toilets, and food not properly cooked. The principal gave an excuse for the grinder not being in good condition and the cooks never alerted him in good time.
Khalif said the Ministry of Education will investigate other underlying issues in the institution and enforce the management of the school before learning resumes.
Khalif requested parents to talk to their children and advise them as a way of conflict resolution for the period they will be at home.
“I direct the school administration to provide suggestion boxes and engage in open dialogue with learners so that their concerns are met,’ he said