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Students vote for their prefects in Othaya Boys

06 November 2013, 13:09 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - About 890 students of Othaya Boys High School on Monday held democratic elections for their leaders.

According to the school principal, Dedan Muriithi, the seven-member Council will replace the current prefects who were previously nominated by teachers.

He said it is expected that the elected council will be more acceptable to students who were hostile to the nominated prefects.

“The new body will improve internal communications within the school as the students are more likely to open up to their representatives, who will in turn present their grievances to the administration,” noted the principal.

The students’ Council, he said, was one of the ideas suggested by the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) as a way of dealing with cases of students’ unrest in schools.

The candidates had been vetted by a panel of members of staff and were given two weeks to conduct campaigns.

Those contesting for the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary General posts had to be scorers of grade B and above in academics while the rest had to be scorers of C+ and above, alongside good behaviour.

“The new leaders will be enjoying privileges such as a special uniform and tours, all expenses catered for, at the end of the year,” said Muriithi.

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