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42 students expelled over riots

NYERI, August 7 – Forty Two students of Karoti Girls High School in Kirinyaga were expelled on Thursday for allegedly taking part in a strike two weeks ago.

The girls were sent home after they were implicated and named as the ring leaders of the strike at the institution.
Out of those expelled were 20 Form Four girls, who are expected to write their national examinations at the end of the year. Also sent packing were 20 Form Three and two Form One students.

The expelled Form Four students will now have to revise on their own for more than two months before they return to the school to sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations in October, since they had registered for the papers before their expulsion.

The Area District Education Officer David Kariuki said the matter had been reported to his office, but added that school heads were being urged to follow procedure when dealing with disciplinary issues.

“Since the whole world is watching, teachers must be very careful to avoid being taken to court by parents,” he said.

Kariuki revealed that efforts by the school administration to have the students arrested and charged in court had been stopped by the Ministry of Education.

The expelled Form Four students are expected to seek accommodation outside the school when they resume to sit for their examinations.
Some of the parents of the expelled students could not hold back their tears on learning the fate of their children.

The students were ordered to immediately pack their belongings before being ferried to the nearby Kimbimbi market aboard an Administration Police truck.

During the July 28 strike, the students walked out of the school and left for home without damaging any property, while accusing the administration of highhandedness.

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