College students strike over poor WiFi
05 February 2015, 14:47
Nyeri - The students of Nyeri Technical Training Institute have paralyzed learning in the school following a strike over poor WiFi connectivity in the school compound.
The more than 2 000 students blocked roads leading to the school using stones, lighting bonfires and harassing motorists.
The school watchman’s station was also torched by the rowdy students who later destroyed some school properties before police arrived to contain the situation.
No learning was going on in the school until a crisis meeting was held between student leaders, school administration and officers from the Ministry of Education.
The students wanted among other grievances, the WiFi signal to be strengthened to serve everyone in the whole compound.
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“Most students here have Smartphones and want to be served by the school WiFi. Currently, it only serves members of staff in the administration block despite having lodged numerous complaints over the matter,” said a student who insisted on anonymity for fear of victimization.
The students were also complaining over starvation, congestion in hostels and poor hygiene in the washing rooms.
Each cubical room accommodates six people with each paying KES 500 per month.
“Sometimes you find no water in the toilets and sanitation is very poor within the school. We fear that we might contaminate diseases related to hygiene,” said the student adding that they are given insufficient food.
The school has a population of more than 3 000 students.
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