After returning to class on Tuesday, Kemeloi Boys High School has resumed instruction after a Ministry of Education investigation revealed incitement in a recent walkout.
After students went on the rampage last week to protest alleged mismanagement and subpar meals, the school was forced to close. They claimed there was food rationing as well, saying they were no longer receiving bread and meat once a week as they had in the past.
Local politicians, led by Aldai MP Maryanne Kitany, and county education officials had stepped in after allegations that certain members of the community, teachers, and other education stakeholders were fighting the school principal over contracts and on racial and tribal grounds, inciting the children.
A crisis meeting led by Ms. Kitany over the weekend decided to recall the pupils and instructed the neighborhood to support the principal and work with him or her to ensure effective instruction.
Africa determined that a Ministry of Education investigation had determined that all claims of misuse of school finances and a bad food were unfounded and stemmed from local community provocation.
The claims of misappropriation of school funds were made by Paul Rotich, the secretary of the Nandi County section of the teachers’ union Kuppet, who also sought the dismissal of the principal.
Nandi East Deputy Commissioner Leonard Mugute told parents that the government will not permit studies to be disturbed when pupils began their studies, threatening to pursue instigators if necessary.
The pupils reported back after agreeing to preserve discipline, and county director of education Zakaria Muituri, county teachers service commission (TSC) director Regina Opondo, and local police were there to meet them.
After the school received a mean grade of 7.8 in the 2021 KCSE, parents, led by Joseph Keino, expressed their faith in the principal at the meeting on Monday.
Parents acknowledged that it was the greatest grade the school had ever earned since it was formed in 1953, and 180 pupils joined institutions as a result.
Because they don’t want principals from other regions, Mr. Keino indicated that the provincial administration will take action against teachers and union leaders who were employing students to create havoc at the school.
He urged residents to avoid politics and meddling in educational matters.
He urged for teachers to work together to make up lost time while also promising that the school’s teacher shortage will be resolved.
At a public meeting conducted at the school on Monday, the province government, under the direction of Nandi South Deputy Commissioner Stephen Kevolu, advised instigators to stay away from the building.
Parents urged Nandi County Kuppet politicians to avoid the school and give the chief principle the freedom to run it as she saw fit.