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Students strike over poor school administration

09 October 2013, 18:11 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Learning was temporarily paralysed at Mudavadi Girl’s High School in Vihiga County on Tuesday for the better part of the day when students went berserk and took to the streets protesting over poor administration.

The students lamented over what they termed as unfair treatment and oppression which has rendered them helpless and made them unable to learn amicably.

“We want the Deputy Principal, Mable Simidi, to be transferred from the school because she is the cause of all our problems here. We cannot learn properly,” one of the students said.

The students marched for over four kilometres to the Vihiga Police Station heading towards the County director of education’s office in Mbale.

They were however restrained and taken back to school by various heads of education in the region, led by County Director of Education, Pamela Akello, and Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) County Director, Paul Kokello.

The students revealed that the Principal was not coordinating the school properly and there was a serious disparity between the various heads of department.

Responding to the allegations, the Principal of the school, Margaret Lukase said that the school is on the verge of being rehabilitated and thus students do not feel like they want to change with the new system that has been introduced in the school.

“We are just trying to bring some sense into the school but the students want a soft spot where they can land, as they have realised that they may not cope with the pressure,” said Lukase.

She also revealed that the students were defending a teacher who had been interdicted from the school for allegedly impregnating one of his candidates.

She said that cases of teachers having canal knowledge of students in the school have been rampant in the past and thus it was her mandate to rectify it.

“We are working on ways of getting rid of such cases completely,” she said.

The student who spoke to the media also bemoaned the poor relationship between teachers and their parents, with allegations that some parents were being mistreated at the school when they visit their children.

The students further alleged that the school was collecting cash, in the name of the need-kitty money (KES 600 per term) and entertainment fee (KES 1000 per year), which they have never benefited from.

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