Students from Metu Secondary School in Moyo District stormed the office of the District Education Officer (DEO) on Friday to protest poor school management.
The students who walked 8.16 km from their school in Metu Sub-county said that some students who had paid for uniforms were not given them.
Some students have only gotten their uniforms since 2020, while others haven’t gotten any at all, according to the students.
In their petition, which was presented by Simone Alidri, the head prefect, they said that some of the current candidates for senior four have had to borrow uniforms in order to take their final exams.
Patricia Anzoa, a senior three student at the school, says there is lawlessness at the school due to the failure of the school administration to offer leadership. She says although they have tried to report issues to the school authorities, they often don’t take any action.
Another concern raised by the students was the absenteeism of teachers.
The head teacher, Peter Luzigye, told the students he was sorry and that he would talk to them with the board of governors.
Michael Mali, the District Education Officer, expressed concern over how the school is being managed. He said that teachers who didn’t show up for work were bad and that his office would take action against them.
Moyo District and security officials agreed to meet on Friday of the following week to figure out what to do.
This is the second time students from the same school have stormed the district education office over maladministration. In 2019, they demanded the transfer of the then-head teacher.