Dilemma After 7 Schools Shut Down in Kitui County

Pupils at a school in Kitui County

Students in Kitui County were left in a confused state on Wednesday after seven schools were shutdown.

Reports indicated that the learning institutions comprised of both public primary and secondary schools.

Further information stated that the decision was made after hundreds of pupils and students dropped out.

Sources explained that the problem was due to the insecurity cases that had gripped the area.

An aerial view of Kitui Town

In February 2019, a school identified as Engamba Primary School was discovered to have been closed for the last 27 years.

The services of the school had been terminated after bandits had attacked the institution which is situated a few meters away from the border with Tana River County.

During the raid, the head teacher was killed while several teachers and pupils were left injured.

According to reports, the head teacher was shot as he shielded pupils who had fled to safety.

In January 2018, a primary school in Kerio valley was forced to be abandoned following an insecurity menace.

Learning activity at Todo Primary School in Kolowa had been disrupted after a raid by bandits.

Bandits fleeing away

Hellen Chebon who is the school’s head teacher, remarked that they could not gamble with the lives of the children after the attacks increased.

“We had already opened school this term when the attacks started.”

“When they persisted, we were forced to close down because we did not want to risk the lives of children and the teachers,” stated Chebon.

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