(KDRTV) – Two schools in Bungoma County have closed indefinitely following student unrest over the weekend.
Students at Chesamisi High school went on rampage on Saturday evening, destroying property of unknown value. This included the Principal’s car and another teacher’s vehicle.
According to pictures shared on social media, the irate students also broke into the ICT room and destroyed computers. They shattered windows at some buildings.
Chesamis Boys High School in Bungoma County closed indefinitely following protests by students after entertainment was moved from night hours to daytime.
— Isaac Waihenya (@IsaacWaihenya) January 24, 2021
The school administration claimed that the students were angry over a decision to suspend some 50 of their colleagues. The suspended students committed in March last year, before President Uhuru Kenyatta closed schools to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Those Chesamisi Boys High School students in Bungoma County destroyed everything including cars belong to teachers, broke desks and chairs, windows, destroyed books in the library but spared the dining hall. All because the school changed Entertainment hours. Wow!
— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3_) January 24, 2021
However, students revealed anonymously that the administration has refused to listen to their grievances.
They questioned why entertainment had been moved to Saturday afternoon from the normal Saturday night.
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) January 24, 2021
Just a day after the strike at Chesamisi, Kimilili Boys, located within the same Constituency also went on rampage.
The unrest started at around 11 PM on Sunday with witnesses saying gun shots were heard for more than an hour.
Some students were seen in Kimilili town as police used teargas to manage the unrest.
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It is not clear what caused the unrest with different sources claiming that the learners were not happy with the punishment meted out on one of them by school prefects.
[VIDEO]: St Luke's Boys in Kimilili, Bungoma county on strike hours after student unrest at Chesamis Boys pic.twitter.com/YjTDX3Cim2
— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) January 24, 2021
There are also rumors that the strike could have been caused by a seething disdain for the new headteacher.