Kisumu Polytechnic students strike over Fees Hike and Power Abuse

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Written By El Gwaro

Kisumu National polytechnic has been closed indefinitely today morning after students went on a rampage over unprecedented hiking of fees and abuse of power by the deputy principal among other issues.

Earlier on, students gathered at the basketball courts following a notice signed and circulated by Kisumu National Polytechnic Student Association (KINOPSA) Secretary-General Mr. Amos Oduor and Chairman Mr. Joseph Mbaka.

The notice urged students to boycott classes and join the union in a peaceful demonstration after the administration had allegedly failed to address their grievances.

Students later poured into the streets, blocked Nyamasaria – Kondele road and paralyzed transport before being dispersed by Anti-Riot police.

Apparently, the administration had hiked student fees by Ksh 6000 for some and Ksh 10000 for others a move that has financially overburdened most students in the institution.

Besides, the student leaders were also demanding the reinstatement of more than 1000 students who had allegedly been forcefully suspended by the deputy principal.

Other issues they aired include tribalism in the school administration, the unlawful firing of registered lectures and insecurity in the area.

Businesses around the institution were forced to close their students’ to avoid accruing losses, a common happening during students’ strike.

This student strike comes as the first university strike this year and considering the frequency of student strikes in Kenya we are yet to see more.

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