School Reopening: Govt Offers Help to 3,000 Students Affected by Floods

  • A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
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  • Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang on Tuesday, October 13, highlighted plans to help settle over 3,000 students stranded in Baringo county.

    Kipsang was speaking when he toured Baringo South Constituency to assess the level of damage due to floods from the Lake Bogoria and Baringo.

    The PS revealed plans to merge schools from affected and have learners accommodated in tents until such a time that the waters levels would drop.

    Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang
    Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang speaking at a previous event.
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    "The total number of schools affected are 17 of which 12 are primary and 5 being secondary all with a total population of 3,000 learners.

    "We have agreed that we will look at the matrix of how we are placing our children so that we address the question of proximity for those who are day scholars and address the question of capacity for the boarders," he noted.

    Kipsang added that the comfort and safety of students will be paramount when making the decisions to ensure that learners resume learning in the county.

    This comes after the PS held a consultative meeting with education stakeholders in the county to probe the way forward after schools reopened.

    Only 10% of students reported back to school in the county with some seen boarding boats to schools.

    Kipsang acknowledged that more students reported back to school on Tuesday across the country after a relatively low number was witnessed on Monday.

    Kisumu county has also been affected by floods following rains that pounded the region back in April and May leaving some schools submerged in water.

    In Ahero, Kisumu county, Oseth Primary School is among the eight learning institutions in the county affected by floods.

    A resort immersed in flooded water in Naivasha in May 2020
    A resort immersed in flooded water in Naivasha in May 2020
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