Police officers from Lumakanda Police Station in Lugari Sub-County have pitched camp at St. Paul’s Boys Lugari High School as students stage a strike to push out the principal, Mr. Kennedy Nyamwolo.
The police restored order in the school last night after the riotous learners returned from the inter-school games at the neighboring Archbishop Njenga Girls High agitated.
The students are demanding to be addressed by none other than the sub-county director of education, Ms. Margaret Igwatai, on a number of issues they say have been ignored by the school principal.
The issues are, among them, the principal’s stand on sports in the school, which the learners want given full attention.
In a cold rebellion engineered by Form Four students, the students woke up this morning and assembled in front of the administration block, chanting for the immediate transfer of the school principal, according to a source who would like their identity protected.
“The strike is being engineered by Form Four students who have refused to go to class as we speak. They are telling the principal openly that he should leave,” he said, adding that the strike escalated when the school principal defiantly refused to take a photo with the players and the school coach to prove his stand against his students participating in sports.
“They came back in the evening and caused some unrest but cooled down and went to class after police intervened. This morning, they woke up and went and sat in front of the administration block. They want the principal to go,” the source said.
Mr. Nyamwolo, who took over from Mr. Patrick Ligami, who was said to have valued sports over academics, came with a policy of full concentration on books to revive the academic standards of the school.
This comes a few months after Mufutu Secondary School in the same Lugari Ward went on a rampage, demanding key reforms, including the transfer of the school principal.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.