Residents of Isinya are calling on the Ministry of Education to investigate circumstances under which nine girls mysteriously went out of a boarding school without the knowledge of the school management.
Agitated parents of Dipak Girls Secondary School – Kisaju, in Isinya learnt with shock that some nine girls who are boarders at the school were missing on Monday mid-morning.
“I received a phone call from my daughter who is in form four and told me that she was not in school before hanging up” one of the parents said .
Upon rushing to school, the parent was hit by the hard reality that indeed his daughter was missing.
The parent’s alarm resulted in an urgent parade where it was discovered that a total of nine girls were not in school.
“I received a phone call at around 6 am from a strange number with the caller saying she was my daughter and that she was out of school. I wondered how my daughter would be out of a boarding school at that time yet I had cleared all her school fees. Although the caller sounded like my daughter, I thought it is just a con who wants to scare and con me.
“I shared the news about the strange call with a neighbour at around 9 am and she asked me to call back the number instead of ignoring. Indeed, the call was picked by a man who said a girl had borrowed his phone to make a call earlier.
“It was shocking and together with my neighbour we boarded a motorbike and to our shock, my daughter Seleyian was not in school,’’ Florence David, narrated.
Devastated parents expressed shock as to how the girls managed to sneak out of a school that has a matron.
Insiders say the school has not had a substantive watchman since September last year. “There is no watchman in this school. The girls fetch water in the neighbouring school up to 10 pm without any supervision and I see this as a very big risk,’’ Agnes Kwamboka who lives near the school said.
Some parents claim that the school that was established in 2016 has reported high levels of mismanagement and mistreatment of workers.
Board members of the school also claim the school principal has been frustrating the board’s efforts to enhance security for the girls.
Parents are now calling upon the Ministry of Education (MoE) to probe the school principal and ensure the safety of their children is guaranteed.
Isinya Sub County Education officer Lolei Abduallahi confirmed that the nine girls had been located at one of the Ministry of Education offices seeking intervention of the school mismanagement and insecurity.
She said the ministry has taken up the matter and will ensure safety of the girls in the boarding school. “I want to confirm the unfortunate incident of nine girls sneaking out of the school. The girls are safe and we have taken up the matter as the Ministry of Education and all other concerned stakeholders,’’ Lolei said.