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Keveye Girls School protest corporal punishment and sexual assaults by intruders

Keveye Girls School protest corporal punishment and sexual assaults by intruders

Students from Friends School Keveye Girls went on the rampage on Sunday to protest alleged insecurity and corporal punishment.

Over 2000 students also accused the administration of poor management and handedness.

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The rowdy students claimed that the school administration has been hesitant to address issues concerning their safety.

Strangers, believed to be men, have been sneaking into the students’ dormitories on several occasions at night, according to the students.

They claimed that the intruders sexually assaulted some of them, but their complaints were not taken seriously by the school administration.

According to one group of students, three men broke into the school compound on Saturday night and sexually assaulted one of the girls.

They claimed that three ‘naked men’ were spotted around the Kilimanjaro dormitory and raised a distress call around midnight.

Fearing that the attackers would strike again, the students gathered at the school field, where they remained until Sunday morning, demanding that they be allowed to return home.

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However, the school administration was hesitant to let the girls out, which enraged the students, who began throwing stones, shuttering windows and CCTV cameras installed in the school, and attempting to break the school’s main gate.

“We want to go home, we are being mistreated and even ‘raped’ at night yet the school principal and the deputy care less about our safety,” shouted one of the students.

corporal punishment was banned in Kenya and Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has been pushing for its reintroduction to deal with stubborn learners.

Earlier this year, Magoha said that any student expelled from school for serious mischief may as well forget about learning. Prof Magoha directed that such students should not be allowed to other schools.

He also instructed schools to reject the admission of students who get ousted for gross misconduct. Expelled learners, however, will be entitled to appeal such determinations, and may be granted readmission.

The CS’s directive goes against established government policy on children’s right to education. Prof. Magoha was reacting to a spiralling surge of student unrest that has hammered learning institutions

Keveye Girls School protest corporal punishment and sexual assaults by intruders

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