NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – Chaos broke out in Garissa town on Tuesday afternoon after students from secondary schools in the region stormed the streets to protest the cancellation of their 2011 form four examination results.
Business came to a standstill after the students who started their demonstration peacefully turned violent and started lighting bonfires, as others looted shops and items in the market.
“We have been able to contain the situation. The demonstrations are over and the students have left. They turned chaotic but we have been able to manage the situation,” area police chief Leo Nyongesa told Capital News.
There were no immediate reports of casualties as a result of the chaos. Nyongesa said he had deployed armed police officers to the town to take charge of the situation.
Police in the region were caught unawares by the protesting students who started quietly pouring out of the schools at about midday.
Students in most schools in the region did not receive their KCSE results in what the Kenya National Examinations Council attributed to cheating.
Up to 3,000 students who sat their KCSE examinations in 2011 did not receive results.
In Garissa, only two schools received results for the examinations while the rest had theirs cancelled.
Local Members of Parliament have demanded an audit of the Kenya National Examinations council (KNEC) which they blamed for the anomaly.
Last week, legislators said they would demand that KNEC releases the withheld results.
“It is not justified at all to punish a whole lot of students on mistakes that are not theirs. It is KNEC to blame for the anomaly and that is why we want the results released to students in our region,” nominated MP Sophia Abdi Noor said soon after the results were announced.
She also demanded the resignation of KNEC chief Paul Wasanga, accusing him of mismanaging the affairs of the examination body.