Parents Storm School After Student Dies

  • Parents at Kiamaina Primary school protests on Saturday, January 16.
    Parents at Kiamaina Primary school protests on Saturday, January 16.
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  • A number of parents stormed Kiamaina Primary School in Nakuru County following the death of a student who was allegedly assaulted by a teacher in the school.

    On Friday, January 15, parents engaged police in running battles while protesting the death of the student.

    The parents are said to have taken down a perimeter wall after the security team in the school denied them entry.

    File image of a congested classroom in Kenya

    The school management had to send pupils home earlier than usual following the incident.

    According to the deceased's family, Duncan Mwangi was assaulted by a teacher a week before schools closed for the December holiday.

    "On that day, he came home complaining that he had a headache and explained that a teacher had hit him for reporting to school with unkempt hair," his brother John Waithaka explained.

    The headaches would persist, forcing the family to take the boy for treatment.

    The family only reported the incident when the student died.

    "We are awaiting for postmortem to be conducted to pave way for our investigations," Bahati North Sub County Police Commander Bernard Wamugugunda stated.

    At the same time, a form one student, Abdulllahi Mohamed, lost his life on Thursday, January 14 in a separate incident that happened in Nakuru County.

    The 17-year-old student from City Mission Secondary School had just been enrolled at the school when the incident happened.

    "He was taken to the school for admission by my eldest daughter on Monday evening. He was jovial but hours later he fell ill," Rukia Mohammed, the mother stated.

    His condition worsened and the management would later call in the family to take him for treatment.

    Rukia took issue with the school for calling her instead of rushing her son to the hospital.

    Medics attempts to save the teenager did not bear any fruits.

    Postmortem results conducted on the teenager revealed that he had been hit with a blunt object on the left side of his head that inflicted a 12-centimetre fracture and left the boy internally bleeding.

    The school has since dismissed claims that the boy may have been assaulted in the school.