Over 136 students run away from St. Hillary Mitamisyi Mixed Secondary School in Kitui over issues with their School Principal.
The striking students want their principal Scholar Omangi transferred from the school.
On Monday, only a few teachers and staff members reported to the school.
The principal and her deputy were away and teachers present were unwilling to talk to the media.
The school gate remained locked, there were no security guards.
According to residents, 14 Form 4 students who had remained at the school went back home.
A spot check revealed that no learning has taken place since Wednesday last week.
But local leaders led by Ngomeni MCA Eliud Nding’uri vowed to stop students from going back to the school.
He said Magoha should intervene.
“I have reached out to the education authorities at the county level to seek help and save our school from imminent death to no avail. We are now seeking CS Magoha to help us,” the MCA said.
When contacted for a comment, Omangi did not pick calls.
However, Kyuso subcounty director of education Stephen Mulandi said the problem at the school was being addressed.
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He said TSC had decided to transfer Omangi from the school.
“All plans are at an advanced stage. TSC temporarily halted the transfer to avoid interfering with the process of administering the KCSE examination. Once the exam is over the principal will be transferred, he said.
Mulandi who spoke on phone said it was important for Mitamisyi parents to understand that the education sector was in the crucial stage of preparing and administering the exams.
He urged them to be patient.
Catholic priest Richard Nguta of Kyuso Parish which sponsors the school said the grievances by parents were justified and the sooner the Education ministry transferred the principal, the better.
“I have evaluated the situation and the solution is to transfer the principal,” he said.
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