Kisumu Girls High School has been closed indefinitely after students’ unrest rocked the institution.
In photos shared on Sunday, September 17, the students were released to go home few weeks after schools opened for the third term.
The reason for the unrest had not yet been disclosed at the time of this publication with reports indicating that officials from the Ministry of Education had arrived to deliberate with the school’s administration.
Addressing journalists at the school, Nyanza Regional Director of Education Nelson Sifuna revealed that the move was a precautionary measure after efforts to calm down the students failed.
According to Sifuna, the unrest started on Friday, September 15, noting that attempts to make them open up on their grievances were unsuccessful despite interventions by various education officials.
However, the students were given forms to write their grievances down.
According to the director, officials from the Ministry are currently investigating into the grievances presented in conjunction with the school’s administration.
Kisumu Girls is the latest school to experience unrest this year coming at a crucial time when schools across the country are preparing for the national exams.
According to a circular shared by the Ministry of Education, the national exams are scheduled to commence on October 30.
In the past years, students’ unrests have rocked schools during the third term in a trend associated with students’ opposition to mock exams.
In July, Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang in the Education department wrote to all county directors of Education directing them to enforce the ban of mock and joint exams.
The move came after another round of students’ unrest that prompted the National Assembly Commitee on Education to investigate the matter.