Students affected by Kibera demolitions to be relocated

Written By: Emily Kay Bade/ Grace Maina

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohammed says school going children affected by the ongoing demolitions along the Ngong- Lang’ata link Road will be relocated to the nearest public schools to ensure that learning continues uninterrupted.

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20,000 people have been affected 2,102 being students  from Mashimoni school, Adventure Pride Centre, Love Africa Somi, Egesa,  Makina self, Makina Baptist, Patmos and Savior King.

Speaking during the launch of the Education Sector policy on disaster management, the CS said the government will also identify new centers for candidates waiting to sit for the forthcoming national examinations.

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The policy will aim to reduce climate related disasters that have affected the education system.

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During the recent long rains in the months of March to May, 739 schools failed to reopen, 329 schools were used as IDP Centers, 6,612 had learning materials destroyed, 6,175 classrooms were destroyed and 67,481 students could not access schools as a result of floods.

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The Education Sector policy on disaster management will provide a framework to help guide, collaborate, coordinate and manage emergencies within the education sector.

On security, the CS said that schools will be manned by vetted security firms and personnel and that no strangers are allowed into school compounds at any time.

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“School Principals, Ministry of Education and Teacher’s Service Commission officials in the field are filing reports on the state of schools daily to ensure efficient and that effective planning and response mechanisms are put in place,” she added.

The Ministry also extended the time allocated to half term breaks from 3 to 7 days.

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