Reports of bullying inflicted on Form One students at Alliance High School in Kiambu County have left many Kenyans shocked.
More than 10 students have reported being beaten up with sticks and electric cables; slapped and forced to lie on the graves of the school’s founders as well as ‘swim’ in the grass in a shocking and horrifying ritual at Kenya’s top national school.
It is alleged that the bullying is masterminded by prefects in the full knowledge of the administration. The horrifying incidents were exposed in a report by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Ministry of Education officers who carried out investigations last month.
On Tuesday, police in Kiambu questioned Mr .David Kariuki, the school’s principal who has since applied for early retirement over the issue, one of his deputies, a security officer, a nurse and three other school staffers over the torture reports.
The premier school has a student population of 1,600 and is ever a top performer in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. It boasts well-known and successful alumni — including top doctors, engineers, politicians and parastatal chiefs.