Management of student riots in public secondary schools in Meru South district
Micheni, C. Njoka
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Public secondary schools in Kenya have, for a long time now, experienced disturbing student riots. These riots have jeopardized the teaching/ learning process in the schools and led to destruction of teaching and learning facilities and loss of lives of school personnel. The need to investigate how school management bodies manage the riots and the methods they use to resolve and prevent the riots is therefore urgent. This study intended to investigate the role of the school personnel and management bodies in the management and prevention of student riots. The study was conducted in Meru South District of Kenya. The descriptive survey research design was used to achieve the researcher's objectives. To collect data, the researcher used self developed questionnaires and interview schedules, which he personally administered to the subjects. The population of this study was all the forty five public secondary schools in Meru South District. From which he selected 15 schools that had experienced student riots. The subjects of the study were the head teachers, teachers, students, prefects and members of school management bodies. Purposive sampling procedure was used to get the required sample. To draw conclusions, data was analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. The major findings of the study are that secondary schools use police intervention, punishment, suspension, expulsion, investigation and dialogue to resolve student riots in their schools. The major recommendation of the study is that the government should come up with clear guidelines for managing student riots in public secondary schools.