Pupils of Unity Primary School in Umoja protest after officers from the Ministry of Education raided the school and found teachers conducting illegal tuition. PHOTO | COURTESYPupils of Unity Primary School in Umoja protest after officers from the Ministry of Education raided the school and found teachers conducting illegal tuition. PHOTO | COURTESY
By HILARY KIMUYU, @hilarykimuyu

Drama unfolded at Unity Primary School in Umoja on Saturday morning after officers from the Ministry of Education raided the school and found teachers conducting illegal tuition.

Teachers on duty scampered out of the classrooms and jumped over the school fence to avoid being arrested after the officers entered the school compound.

And as the teachers fled, a commotion ensued with the pupils demanding refund of the tuition fees that the school charges them every weekend. The protesting pupils barricaded the only road in and out of Innercore where the school is situated.

Some of the pupils that Nairobi News spoke to claimed that the school has made the weekend tuition mandatory with each learner required to pay Sh50 for the half day session.

“The teachers take the roll call every Saturday and all the absentees are punished when they report back to school on Monday,” one pupil said.

SEEK REFUGE

At some point the pupils accosted two teachers who were spotted standing across the road from the school to demand their money back. The two teachers were forced to seek refuge inside a nearby shop.

It took the intervention of the police to calm things down and restore order at the school with an assurance to the pupils that they would get back their money on Monday.

The headmistress of the school, Ms Katherine Tanui, declined to comment on the matter saying it is being handled by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

A Knut official, who was seen talking on the phone at the school, also declined to comment on the incident saying his sole concern was the safety of the pupils.

Nairobi News has established that all pupils at the school from standard four to eight are required to attend the weekend tuition.