College students demand removal of principal over mismanagement

Keroka Technical Institute students were on strike yesterday demanding the removal of their principal over alleged mismanagement of finances.

Violent protests erupted at Keroka Technical Institute in Masaba South, Kisii, yesterday as students took to the streets demanding the swift removal of the college principal.

Hundreds of students gathered outside the institute, lighting bonfires as they demanded that Education CS Ezekiel Machogu transfers the principal due to alleged mismanagement and impropriety.

They additionally obstructed the road connecting Keroka to the college using large rocks, alleging that the principal avoided them and declined to communicate.

The students said the principal operated the college as if it were his personal property, to the students’ disadvantage. Some mentioned that they hadn’t studied for months due to a go slow by teachers who hadn’t received salaries for over four consecutive months.

Those studying engineering asserted that they haven’t conducted any practicals for several months.

“I have reached a point of asking myself if I came to do engineering here or secretarial. How am I going to walk out of this place?” a student wondered.

The students claimed they were constantly harassed, attributing the decline in college services to the principal.

“There has been no graduation. We don’t even know where the money we pay for graduation goes. We are only promised non-existent graduation functions,” John Omboga, a student, said.

Gladys Kerubo, who is also a student, claimed that there are mixed up financial records in the institution, and that despite having cleared their dues, they continue to receive frequent demands for fees.

A senior deputy at the college mentioned that they are currently working to resolve the concerns raised by the students.


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