School on the spot for suspending five candidates for devil worshipping

“The chaplain came to our class and said that some two or three students were devil worshippers. I thought it was a joke..."

A school in Elgeyo Marakwet County has been accused of suspending five Form Four candidates over claims of being devil worshippers.

Anin Girls Secondary School allegedly suspended the students indefinitely on June 25, and they are yet to resume learning barely one month to their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam.

Yesterday, the students said they were suspended over wild claims, which the school has failed to prove.

According to one of the affected students, a school chaplain made the shocking allegations on June 24 when he came to their class for a Christian Religious Education (CRE) lesson.

The student told The Standard the chaplain reported the matter to school Principal Esther Kibor who suspended them a day later.

“The chaplain came to our class and said that some two or three students were devil worshippers. I thought it was a joke. I never knew I was the target of the weird remarks,” the candidate said.

She said they were summoned to a disciplinary meeting that was attended by their parents, but were directed to go home and wait for response from the school.

“We are yet to be recalled. The school management has already ruined our reputation by the wild allegations. We are only asking to be allowed back to prepare for exams like other KCSE candidates across the country,” the student said.

Another student claimed that their textbooks had been confiscated, making it difficult for them to prepare for the exam.

“The school withheld our books. It later released our exercise books but withheld textbooks given by the Ministry of Education earlier in the year,” she said.

Some parents told The Standard that the school was yet to explain what led to the conclusion that their daughters were devil worshippers.

When contacted, Ms Kibor, the school principal, declined to comment and disowned the students, saying she was not aware of such candidates in her institution.

But school Board of Management chairman Andrew Kipchoge said he was aware of the matter, noting that the students were found with paraphernalia associated with Illuminati.

Mr Kipchoge, however, did not give details on the said paraphernalia.

“The students appeared before a disciplinary committee and confessed, in the presence of their parents, that they were devil worshippers,” the board chair said.

He said the students may face expulsion for threatening to harm teachers during the period they have been on suspension.

Kipchoge claimed some of the students sent threatening text messages to some teachers, including the school chaplain, and the matter was referred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.