Police were forced to shoot in the air to disperse students who had barricaded Education CS Fred Matiang’i’s convoy on Wednesday.The students from Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) demanded an address from Matiang’i, citing poor management and leadership from the institution.
They shamed the institution’s principal Eddy Koimet in front of the CS, and refused to be addressed by him.
In their third protest in one week, students accused the Koimet and the institution’s management of tribalism and interference in student affairs.
They demanded the immediate sacking of Koimet.
“We want the administration to keep off students’ matters including the elections, which we conducted last week,” one student said. “We want elections to be fair and inclusive; not a scenario where one tribe is favoured.”
Matiang’i directed the administration to ensure student elections are conducted a second time, for inclusivity and fair representation.
He also asked the management to produce a report on the same in the shortest time possible.
Earlier, Matiang’i had held a closed-door meeting with the students’ leadership and management to find a solution to issues raised, but it did not bear much fruit.
The CS left the Institute before addressing the media, and the principal also did not talk to journalists who were present.
But students said they would press on until Koimet is sacked.
The protest comes amid a growing number of cases of unrest among secondary school students in various parts of the county.