Over 400 students of Kivaa Secondary School in Masinga, Machakos on Thursday morning boycotted classes and walked for several kilometers to the Sub-county headquarters in Kaewa resumed their studies this afternoon after presenting their grievances to the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC).
The DCC, Stephen Momanyi and the area Director of Education, Duncan Odhiambo promised to act on their grievances.
The irate but peaceful boys and girls walked to the headquarters where they presented several grievances against their principal and demanded for his immediate removal.
Speaking at the meeting with the officials, the students leveled several accusations against their Principal among them high-handedness, and mismanagement of the school. “We don’t have a history and agriculture teachers yet we are in form four,” claimed one student.
He noted that the principal was behind the transfer of several teachers employed by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) teachers as well as the sacking of others employed by Parent-Teachers-Association (PTA), from the institution, a trend that has jeopardized their studies.
They also claimed that the head teacher had failed to pay electricity and water bills thus subjecting the students to hardships.
However after listening to their grievances the two officers assured the students that swift action would be taken to address them. They asked the students to return to their school and ensure they keep the peace.
“We spoke with them and urged them to go back to school as we address their grievances,” Momanyi told the media, adding, “We will definitely look at all the issues they raised and address them conclusively”. During the episode, the students carried themselves peacefully and did not damage any property or harass anyone.
By Justus Keesi