Four Students Arrested in School Reopening Protests [VIDEO]

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    University students protesting over the continued closure of schools around the country on Thursday 17 September 2020.
  • Four University students were on Thursday, September 17 arrested after leading demonstrations in Mombasa over the continued closure of learning institutions.

    The four students were taken to Central Police Station in Mombasa as they also opposed the Ministry of Education's plans to stop funding courses that are not considered crucial to national development.

    The students claimed that they could resume learning while adhering to the Ministry of Health protocols such as social distancing.

    Students outside Maseno University gate.
    Students outside Maseno University gate.

    They also called out politicians across the country who were holding public gatherings with multitudes of people while schools remained shut.

    "We are seeing people in public gatherings together with politicians, why don't you open schools for us so that we continue learning?

    "We as students have been affected, we are still paying for hostels despite us currently not staying there," noted one of the protestors.

    Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha had previously indicated that institutions of higher learning would reopen in September before Covid-19 cases in the country spiked in July leading to postponement.

    The students also issued a deadline of Friday, September 25 to have all Universities across the country reopened for learning.

    "We want our schools to be reopened as soon as possible, latest by next week. We are tired of staying at home and most of us want to graduate," stated a protestor.

    Magoha on Monday, September 14 revealed that an exact date for schools reopening would be announced after a stakeholder meeting.

    "A mega stakeholders' meeting is slated on or before September 25 and will interrogate proposals from the smaller stakeholders before a decision is made," he said.

    With Covid-19 cases in the country significantly reducing, reports have emerged that schools could be reopened in October should the cases continue to drop.

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