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Students of Ngiito mixed secondary go on Rampage

Students of Ngiito Mixed Secondary in Narok West Sub-County last night went on rampage destroying property worth millions of shillings at the school.

Confirming the incident, Narok West sub-county Education Director Mr. Ochieng’ Owambo, the students set fire to a dormitory housing close to 200 students and smashed window glasses from the administration block, teachers’ houses, dining hall, classes and other dormitories.

He said the students who went on rampage at around 10:00 last night were protesting lack of water at the school. The fire was however contained before much damage was done to the dormitory.

Owambo said after the incident, a number of students escaped from school and their whereabouts are unknown.

            Security and education stakeholders are meeting today to discuss the incidence and chat way forward.

The school joins the growing list of schools that have gone on rampage in the county and the country at large.

On Friday night and wee hours of Saturday morning, students of Ololung’a and Olcheku Supat Secondary Schools in Narok South and West Sub-Counties respectively went on rampage and destroyed property worth millions of shillings at the schools.

This came hot on the heels of another incident where students of Kisiriri Mixed Secondary School in Narok North sub-county in the wee hours of last Friday morning staged a sit-in at the school protesting what they termed as high handedness on the part of the management of the school.

            These incidences come less than two weeks after a fire destroyed part of a dormitory at Olmirani Boys` Secondary School in Narok West sub-county.

But since schools reopened earlier this month, there has been a surge in cases of unrest in school with several schools being affected around the country. Experts have attributed this to the long stay at home which might have exposed many of the learners to situations that affected their discipline.

They say learners are finding it hard to adjust to the school routine after 10 months of being outside classroom and more needs to be done to nip this situation in the bud.

by Mabel Keya-Shikuku

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