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Extend school holidays due to heavy rains, Thika MP says


The government has been urged to consider extending school holidays for one week to cushion learners from being caught up in the havoc occasioned by the ongoing heavy rains.

Thika MP Alice Wambui Ng’ang’a argued that reopening schools at a time when the heavy rains continue to cause deaths and destruction of property could result in further harm.

So far, at least 70 people have been confirmed dead following the heavy rains that have seen rivers burst their banks, estates and roads flooded besides destroying houses and paralyzing activities in most parts of the country.

Speaking in her Constituency, the MP noted that extending the learner’s holiday by a week will enable the government to monitor the rain situation and prepare for a better and safe return-to-school formula.

Should the learners resume studies as planned, the lawmaker said most parents, especially those whose children are day-scholars will defy taking them to dangerous school grounds particularly those prone to floods.

According to the Ministry of Education, learners will resume their term two studies from April 29 to August 2 a period of 14 weeks.

The learners will then close for the August holiday from August 5 to August 23 which is three weeks.

Antony Kioko
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