By Patrick Mutisya,
Over 80 students of Matungulu Boys High School quietly walked out of their dormitories and went home citing a litany of complaints against the administration.
Trouble started on Wednesday when many of the Form Four candidates refused to take their lunch complaining of poor quality meals. They said the rice they were served for lunch had not been winnowed before it was cooked, implying that it had chaff or stones.
The students also claimed that the school principal, Joseph Makau, is not only harsh but too strict, having suspended their entertainment nights.
After only one-and-half months of studying since they resumed classes on October 12, the students claimed that they are tired of learning and will only come back to sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
This means the students plan to stay at home for the next four months as the KCSE exams will begin in late March next year.
Speaking to K24 Digital, the principal, Joseph Makau, said that studies will continue for the 36 diligent students who remained in school.
Makau said that the students sneaked out of their dorms and jumped over the school fence to their freedom but they did not destroy property.
He said the school cannot tolerate indiscipline, accusing the students of being used to lax rules at home.
After learning that the students had taken off, he said the school informed their parents through WhatsApp and phone calls, urging them to ensure that they return the errant learners back immediately.
The school is located in Kangundu Sub-County, Machakos County.