Written By: Margaret Kalekye/KNA, Wed, Jul 07, 2010 Police in Malindi have arrested a principal of a private school for attempted rape. Malindi deputy police boss Willy Simba said that the principal, Hezbon Shungu of Malindi Coast High School, tried to rape a form three student whom he had summoned to his office. He said that the student tried to flee from her attacker and in the process the principal tore her skirt. He said the girl raised the alarm and some students stormed the office and witnessed the incident. The police boss said that five more girls from the school who claimed that they had been sexually harassed have also recorded statements. One of the girls said that on several occasions, the teacher had attempted to touch her private parts, promising her that she would pay her school fees if she agreed to her sexual overtures. Mr. Simba added that the victim was taken to the hospital for examination which revealed that she sustained severe hip injuries. She was issued with a P3 form, which was duly filled by a medical officer, he said. He noted that the Principal was still assisting the police with investigations and that he will be taken to court to answer charges of indecent assault and attempted rape. There have been concern over rise in sexual abuse cases in Kenyan schools. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) last month declared that it will stand by teachers accused of sexually abusing students until they are proved guilty. The teachers' umbrella body defended teachers, saying they were sometimes unfairly accused of sexually abusing or impregnating students. TSC defines sexual abuse of a student by a teacher as: Having sexual intercourse, touching of a pupil/student's body, using suggestive language or gesture, threats or violence to force them to engage in sexual intercourse, any form of inducement, exposing students to pornographic material, and any form of flirtation with or without consent.