Molo Academy To Negotiate With 10 Suspended Students – High Court
The High Court has granted Molo Academy Boys’ Secondary School approval to negotiate with ten students who were suspended on January 4, 2021, following a strike on November 29, 2021.
Justice Hillary Chemitei granted the students’ lawyer, Owino Oenga, an application to allow the school to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process.
He set no time limit for the duration of the engagement.
Mr. Oenga withdrew his application to overturn the school’s decision to suspend the students.
He stated that he wanted to give the parties involved in the case a chance to reconcile, noting that the school had engaged him and the students in discussions.
This comes just a week after the school defended its decision to suspend the ten students on suspicion of leading the strike.
In its response, the school insisted that one of the students, a candidate, would only be permitted to attend school on KCSE exam days.
“The Form Four candidate will only be in school during the examination hours under the supervision of officers before he is released,” submitted the school Principal James Mwangi.
Mwangi stated that the students needed to be suspended after they went on strike and destroyed school property worth Sh48,000.
“Allowing the students back to school will not be in the best interest of other students,” he said.
The students had gone to court to challenge their suspension and to be allowed to resume their studies.
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They named the school and the Director of Public Prosecutions as respondents in their lawsuit.
Following the strike, they were arrested, charged with malicious damage to property at a magistrate court in Molo, and released on a personal bond of Sh20,000 each.
During the strike, the windows in the school dormitories were shattered.