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State dissolves Moi Girls’ board as principal retires

The government has dissolved the Board of Management (BoM), Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and disbanded the security system at Moi Girls School in Nairobi following the alleged rape incident at the weekend.

The shake-up has also seen the exit of school principal Jael mureithi who is said to have taken early retirement. Teachers Service commission (TSC) chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said she received and accepted an application for early retirement from the principal but that investigations on her tenure as the school head will still go on.

Addressing the media at her Jogoo House office yesterday, Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed ordered for the immediate overhaul and replacement of the entire security system and five armed police officers will now provide 24-hour security at the school.

And as Amina made the announcement, at least 90 male teaching and non-teaching staff at the institution have submitted their DNA samples for analysis as investigations into the rape and assault saga go on.

Besides the teachers and workers, sons and male relatives living within the compound have also submitted their samples. The others include construction workers who have been working at the compound.

Nairobi Police boss Joseph ole Tito said a team of experts is on the ground investigating the incident and assured parents of enough security at the school.

Earlier in the day, Police clashed with owners of roadside kiosks in Makina area next to the school after the structures were brought down. The officers said the structures were serving as hideouts for criminals seeking to gain access to the school.

However, the traders claimed the demolitions were in bad faith since they were not given notice to vacate the area.

Amina said her ministry and that of Interior have agreed to provide security in the institution until proper reforms are in place.

“I order for the immediate disbandment of the school Board of Management and an interim board should take over. Also, the Parents Teachers Association stands dissolved and I call upon the parents to go to school on Thursday, June 7 to elect new PTA officials,” she said.

The CS asked parents to take back their children to school on Sunday 10, June latest by 5pm.

“I would like to assure the parents that we are doing everything to ensure that the school is secure hence all students should return to school on Sunday June 10 before 5 pm, and they should be accompanied by their parents,” she said.

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