Primary School Pupils Injured After Police Open Fire

  • Police officers clashed with pupils at Ntuene primary school on Friday, July 16, while attempting to arrest their teacher.

    Several pupils were injured after the officers fired shots to scare away the children who pelted stones at the police demonstrating the arrest.

    The Nation quoted a teacher, Alice Ncororo who stated the police officers fired five times in the air when they were overwhelmed by the learners.

    Police arrested a teacher at Ntuene primary school on Friday, July 16 2021
    Police arrested a teacher at Ntuene primary school on Friday, July 16 2021

    “It is very unprofessional for the police to act in such a manner in school in the presence of the children. They should have arrested her at home. The officers used excessive force. They tore her clothes in the arrest process,” the headteacher Angello Kamenchu stated.

    Reports further indicated the police stormed the school to arrest the teacher while pupils were in the assembly for their closing day parade.

    The teacher allegedly had a dispute with a local trader.

    This comes after police arrested three University of Nairobi (UoN) student leaders for taking part in protests on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

    The trio was taken to Central Police station where they were locked up. The arrests were made after the student leaders gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the institution over the fee increment saga.

    KMPDU leaders led by their Secretary-General joined UoN Medical Students in the demonstrations which they termed peaceful protests against the proposed fee increment.

    Fees for degree courses like commerce, economics and law under the parallel plan were to increased by up to 70 per cent to about Ksh1 million for the four years.

    Other affected courses included Communications and MBA for which students were to pay more than Ksh600,000 for a two-year program. Initially, they used to pay Ksh275,000, indicating an increase of 118 per cent.

    The new fees were to apply to new students enrolling to join the University starting from August 2021. To pursue medicine at UoN students were expected to spend Ksh 3.8 million for the five-year course.

    Law students were expected to pay Ksh 1,020,000 from Ksh 715,500 while their Engineering counterparts would fork out an average of Ks2.1 million from about the initial figure of Ksh1 million.

    But the Ministry of Education suspended all universities fee increment plans after holding a meeting with stakeholders. 

    University Education PS Simon Nabukwesi directed all institutions to shelve the plan until 2022. He also refuted reports that universities, including the University of Nairobi, had increased fees. 

    UoN students during demos on Wednesday, July 14 2021
    UoN students during demos on Wednesday, July 14 2021
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