Form four student expelled over demonic drawings
The school advised transfer to a day school for closer monitoring.
The school’s principal one Patrick Ombok stated in the expulsion letter that Njenga’s drawing suggest that he is owing allegiance to some faith.
Mother to the aggrieved student, Mrs Nancy Njenga is accusing the school of stressing her son’s education over nothing. Ian has never had a disciplinary case in his four years of secondary school and this ordeal comes as a shock to the family.
The boy in question claims that the school has dealt him a rather harsh punishment for showcasing his talent. His inspiration, he says, is street art and drawings from other artists, “I have several drawings which I draw inspiration from and drawings from other artists in the streets. I have always loved drawing especially during my free time.”
Njenga who got his love for art from his father has been an artist since he was young. He denies having connections to any cult group.
According to the local dailies, the school is accusing Ian of drawing a scorpion on another boy’s shirt and being in possession of several newspaper cuttings of women with the letter “ P tattoos” on their bodies, a sign of his involvement and recruitment of other students to a cult.
Nancy was informed of her son’s transgressions last week during a parent-teacher meeting in which she was advised to dig deeper and find out what was going on. She did and even asked a friend to assist. Finally, she resolved to defend her son’s genuine love for art.
From cows and to portraits of other students, the Principal, Mr Ombok is of the opinion that the school holds enough things for Ian to draw inspiration. He insisted that drawing suggestive things like snakes and scorpions cannot be tolerated in the institution.
The expulsion has denied Ian forum to register for national examinations that he is meant to take this year.
The Basic Education Regulations 2015 instruct that the board of management should have forwarded the recommendations to exclude the student to the County Director of Education which would then decide the most suitable approach to tackle the issue. This would be either through an order of conditional or unconditional readmission of the student, his transfer to a different institution or to a corrective centre.
However, Mr Ombok is adamant that the board of management is sticking to the decision of expelling the unfortunate Ian Njenga. They have also advised his mother to take him to a day school for closer monitoring.
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