A year has elapsed since Brookhouse School suspended a student over indiscipline. The student together with others still in the class were allegedly caught fighting which led to the boy’s suspension.
Cases of violence among the students have risen in the recent past. Coincidentally cases of students burning down schools are on the rise.A number of dormitories have gone down to ashes.
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Two weeks ago a form 3 student in Kisii County allegedly stabbed two teachers. The experts have blamed the rising cases of indiscipline among students on the long holiday due to covid-19.
And now the boys mother has come out in a lawsuit to defend her son terming the school’s act unfair.
The mother has accused the school of having double standards by punishing her son and leaving out the others allegedly involved in the fight.
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The parent now wants the School’s Board of Directors compelled to readmit her son. She has cited discrimination against her son. Apparently, the other children involved in the fight went unpunished.
Through her lawyer Musyoki Mogaka, she insists that it’s against the constitution to deny her son the right to education while the others continue with their studies. The boy has remained suspended since January last year.
“The school continues to violate her child’s fundamental rights. It unapologetically operates under unfair administrative actions that expose the parents to potential abuse through their unilateral decisions,” said Mogaka.
Mogaka points out that locking the child out of school violates his right to attend a school of his choice. This is despite lack of prove to the allegations of a fight.
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The mother in her defense says she was asked to visit the school in January last year since her son had broken the school rules. She adds that the school director denied her access. Instead referred to the deputy principal handling the case.
She complains about denial of a full hearing. Moreover, the facts regarding the alleged incident which led to her son’s suspension were mentioned briefly.
She says her son first received an indefinite suspension and later the school sent an expulsion letter to that effect. According to her, the boy complained of bullying and sexual harassment from some students. However, there lacked explanation or evidence to support the claims on her son.