Students of Kijomoro Secondary School in Maracha District have been sent home following a violent strike that led to the destruction of property worth millions of shillings.
Last night, the students went on strike after the school administration rejected their demand to dance during the inauguration function for the new prefects.
The decision to close the school was taken on Friday during an emergency meeting that was chaired by the District Resident Commissioner Festus Ayikobua at the school.
Jacob Oyai, the headmaster of the school said the students started rioting at around 9 pm shortly after the night roll call was conducted.
He added that the rowdy students burnt the food store and the office of the bursar destroying vital documents and destroying the school gate among others.
Preliminary reports indicate that a group of yet to be identified students sneaked to Okokoro, a nearby trading center to reportedly plan the riot. They later returned to the school and started pelting stones on the roof of the classrooms and attacking girls in the dormitory.
However, it took the intervention of the police who fired live bullets to calm the situation. By the time of filing this story, no student had been arrested.
Denis Musinguzi, Maracha District Police Commander says they have launched investigations into the incident.
Maracha District Education officer Flavia Osua has described the incident as unfortunate, saying the strike will have far-reaching consequences on the learners.
The students are expected to report back after a week after investigations have been completed.
Kijomoro secondary school is a Government Aided Secondary School in the newly created Awiziru sub-county with a total enrolment of 360 students.
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