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‘Maranda High sent my son home for fees, I found his body by mortuary gate’



A family in Gesima, Nyamira County, is grieving the loss of their son who was killed in an accident while returning home from Maranda High School after being expelled for unpaid tuition.

The student was one of five passengers died on Saturday night in a horrific crash at Amabuko on the Kisii-Keroka route.

At Amabuko, in Kisii County, a few meters from Keroka town, Protus Mogaka and the other four passengers perished after their 14-seater matatu hit head-on with a trailer.

The collision happened when the matatu’s driver attempted to avoid colliding with a motorcycle rider.

The 17-year-old boy’s parents claim the school did not inform them that their son would be sent home to pay fees, and they are now asking the Ministry of Education to look into the situation.

Ezekiel Machogu, the secretary of the Education Cabinet, stated in February of this year that no pupil should be sent home for not paying their school fees.

Because he was wearing a school uniform, Protus was simple to recognize. In no time, his parents’ phones started receiving dozens of calls.

As they are well known in the area and are employed as Jua Kali artists at Nyansiongo Center, it was simple for people to get in touch with him and his parents.

Mr Julius Mogaka said he was shocked when an unknown caller asked him to rush to Amabuko and check whether it was his son who had been in an accident.

“It was at around 7pm. The caller then told me to go to Gucha sub county hospital where the accident survivors had been taken. When I got to Gucha, I found my son’s body abandoned near the mortuary gate, I became confused and started wailing,” said Mr Mogaka.

He said police officers put him in their vehicle as others kept watch because they were uncomfortable with how he was behaving.

“More of my relatives came and we went back to the mortuary to verify if it was indeed my son. As we headed home after learning that there was nothing we could do, my son’s class teacher texted me asking whether the boy had arrived home,” said Mr Mogaka.

A message seen bythe Nation from the class teacher to the distraught parent read, “Good evening, has Brotas (Protus) come home?”

The message was sent at 10.07pm.

“The teacher didn’t even call, he texted. How was he even asking about my child, yet he had not informed me that he had sent him home? He later called after I texted him back that my son was dead. He told me that he had sent my son home for fees and was enquiring whether he had arrived home. I asked him how he sent my son home without informing me, and that he was now dead. He hung up the phone,” said the father of three.

Protus was his first-born and he had hoped that he would finish his secondary school, pursue higher education and improve his life and those of his siblings.

“He was only a few months away from being a candidate. I had so much hope in him. He was a bright child,” said Mr Mogaka.

Protus had just returned to school after burying his grandfather.

“You see that grave is still fresh. Because of my father’s burial and generally difficulties in getting money, I had difficulties raising school fees. He returned to school minus fees, but after two days, I sent Sh30,000 to the school. I had a balance of Sh7,000 from the previous term and I had endeavoured to reduce it by paying gradually,” he said.

Mr Mogaka noted that he thought his son would be safe in school now that he had lessened the school fees burden.

“I thought my son was in school as usual, but on Saturday, he called me, telling me he had been chased from school. What shocked me is that the school had not called to inform me, like they do at other times. I am wondering why they sent children home on a weekend? I am wondering why they did not check whether the students had fare to travel home, they just chased him,” said the tearful father.

He said his son borrowed a phone from a trader and called him on Saturday at 2pm, to tell him he had been sent home.

“He informed me that my son walked from school to Bondo and later boarded a matatu to Kisumu with the little money he had. While in Kisumu, he called using another trader’s number and asked me to send him Sh500 to enable him reach Kisii town. I sent him and that was the last time we talked,” he said.

Protus’ mother was besides herself with grief and could not speak with the media.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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UoN only Kenyan university among world’s top 2,000



According to the most recent rankings published today by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the University of Nairobi is the only university in Kenya classified among the top 2,000 universities worldwide.

The leading institution in Kenya is in the top 7% of universities worldwide after being ranked 1,425th on the Global 2000 ranking for 2023.

But due to a fall in the employability of its graduates and its research output, two crucial performance measures, UoN has dropped 20 spots from last year’s rating.

The rankings are being released as the education industry undergoes significant adjustments. In an effort to pull universities out of their current financial mess, there has been an increased focus on university finance recently.

In order to rate colleges from around the world on four criteria—educational quality (25%) employability (25%) faculty quality (10%) and research performance (40%)—CWUR analyzed 62 million outcomes-based data points.

These are measured independently of surveys and information provided by universities. 20,531 universities were ranked this year. Stephen Kiama, vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska, was ecstatic to get the news.

“Obviously we’re delighted. Students at UoN are taught from new knowledge based on research. We have a huge responsibility to maintain the standards we’ve set. The others [universities] know where to go,” he told Nation.

The CWUR president, however, sounded an alarm over the performance of Kenyan universities.

“It is alarming to see only one Kenyan university in the rankings. Funding to further promote the development and reputation of Kenya’s higher education system is vital if the country is to be more competitive on the global stage,” he said.

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Litein Boys students go on strike over change in entertainment schedule



Students at Litein Boys’ High School in Kericho County went on strike on Sunday night,  in response to a change in the entertainment program.

A total of 334 students from Kipsuter Boys’ High School in Bomet County have also joined the strike in a related incident to protest the head teacher’s transfer.

A motor vehicle damaged by students at Litein Boys’ High School in Kericho county after students went on the rampage. Vitalis Kimutai I Natiion Media Group

At Litein Boys’ High School, 1,900 students broke windows in the administration building and lab, as well as destroying biometric registration kits.They also burnt down a motorcycle, smashed a private vehicle at the institution before the administration called in the police.

“Police fired several bullets in the air to contain the students and restrained them from getting out of the compound following the strike” a senior police officer at Bureti sub-county police headquarters in Litein said.

The students are said to have been opposed to the administration’s recent shifting of the entertainment timetable from Sunday evening to afternoon.

The school’s Chief Principal Mr Richard Sang, the board of management, security and education officers were held up in a meeting at the school amidst tight security.

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