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Police thwart planned strike

26 March 2013, 16:00 James Kabotia

Police thwarted plans by form two students from Baricho High School to go on strike Monday night.

The students were forced back to school when they tried to riot over undisclosed grievances.

Other senior students in the school also joined the police to subdue the rowdy students forcing them to retreat back to their dormitories.

Senior students drawn from form three and four accused their juniors of trying to paint the school in bad light saying that the disgruntled students had official channels to air their grievances if there were any.

Led by Kirinyaga police boss Patrick Onduma, the officers rushed to the school and managed to nib on the bud the planned strike.

The situation normalized and normal learning program commenced.

Nothing was destroyed during the incident as the other students managed to prevent any destruction of school property.

Addressing the press at his office, the OCPD said that the form two students were working in isolation of other students and their move had no support from across the school community.

He said that other students were incensed by their naïve plans and immediately took upon themselves to deal with rioting students who had planned to paralyze learning process.

The school which is among those which were upgraded to national schools by the government last year has been performing well in the national examination.

However, its reputation had been spoiled by numerous strikes last year forcing the government to transfer the school principal.

Kenya National Union of Teachers Kirinyaga branch executive secretary Harrison Gichira condemned the students who had planned the strike saying that strikes in schools should not be encouraged.

He said that some students have formed the habit of disrupting the school program, a move he warned should not be encouraged.

Gichira pointed out that some disgruntled students have formed an habit of inciting others to strike any time they wanted to go home or felt home sick, a move he said must be handled with a lot of seriousness.

He said that those who don’t want to learn should be isolated and made to go home alone and not at the expense of majority who want to continue with their studies.

The KNUT boss said that schools' strikes should be discouraged calling stakeholders to ensure school program are not interrupted any more.

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