Drama as School Expels Students for Refusing to Shave their Hair

June 7, 2017

There was drama in Nyamira County after a school sent home 12 students for allegedly refusing to shave their hair.

The students of Rangenyo Girls High School were seen at Nyamira bus terminus stranded with their boxes, mattresses and other belongings, attracting the attention of the curious public.

The concerned members of the public, led by the town’s boda-boda riders escorted the girls back to school, which is about two kilometers from the town, demanding an explanation from the school principal on why the girls were out on a school day.

They, however, did not get an audience with the school’s principal, Lydiah Onyoni, who locked the school’s main gate.

For the better part of Monday, there was tension around the school as the riders demanded the immediate transfer of the principal over what they termed high-handedness on the girls.

According to a student who spoke to journalists, the girls had rebelled against the school authorities after being forced to shave their hair.

“The school had hired a private barber to shave all students but others refused after they raised concerns over allegedly unhygienic conditions they were being subjected to,” the student said.

She said the students were being served with only one shaver.

The students were readmitted after Nyamira South sub-county education officer Isaac Ombati intervened.

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