Fears of attacks and arrests paralyze learning in private schools in Mombasa.

Fears of attacks and arrests paralyze learning in private schools in Mombasa.

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Classes remain empty in both private and public schools.

Private schools owners and directors in Mombasa have called on government to assure them of security as cases of attacks of pupils and teachers in schools by suspected goons continue to be reported particularly in Likoni district.

More than 100 private schools in Likoni remained closed for the last two days after words went round, that unknown people were attacking teachers and pupils learning during the teachers strike

The directors of various private schools Thursday held meeting to express their concern and urged police to take relevant action.

Empty schoolsBenard Nzoka Director of Green Light academy said parents came to school and took their children following rumors of the alleged attacks.

He said in his school alone, classes have remained empty because pupils were fearing to attend classes, and those who managed to attend they cannot concentrate in class.

“We are appealing to  our parents to bring back their children immediately, children are protected and they are safe, this fear were created by some goons but things are normal now,” said Nzioka.

Shariff Munyao chairman of Complementary Welfare Associations for private schools in Likoni said they were forced to flee school following the rumors.

He said a small number of pupils turned up on Wednesday compared to previous weeks.

“There was rumors going round that teachers and pupils going on with learning were beaten by GSU and police officers, we had to run but we came to realize it was all lies” said Sharrif.

Likoni police boss Willy Simba refuted claims, saying it was orchestrated by few individuals with ill motive.

He said police have taken the issue seriously and are hunting the suspects alleged to be behind the rumors.

“Our officers are now on the ground patrolling all schools, we are calling the teachers and parents to be calm and allow pupils to continue with their learning,” said police boss.