Gov't Outlays Plan for Affected Learners as 2000 Schools Remain Closed at Start of Term 2

Ezra Manyibe | 2 months ago
File image of learners at a school affected by floods. |Photo| Courtesy|

2000 schools across the country remained closed on Monday, May 13, 2024, as others reopened for the start of term 2. This resulted from damage to infrastructure including school facilities and roads accessing the institutions.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Mwanaisha Chidzuga while speaking on Radio Citizen on Monday morning, May 13, revealed that the government has a plan in place to continue learning for affected students.

Chidzuga stated that the government will construct temporary structures or tents for some schools and relocate learners to other schools in some areas to ensure continuity in learning.

"This doesn't mean that the students will not continue with their learning. At least 30 counties have been affected by the floods, but luckily the situation is not as bad as it was before. We can put up makeshift tents. Most schools are okay as we speak," she said. 

Chidzuga further revealed that the government is contemplating eating into the August holiday to allow for schools to complete or cover academic syllabuses in time.

She reiterated the government's commitment to renovating and reconstructing damaged school facilities - calling on development partners to assist in getting learners back to their respective institutions.

Schools reopened today after a two-week extension period due to the ravaging effects of floods experienced countrywide.

While inspecting the readiness of schools in Nairobi on Friday, May 10, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu called on school administrations and the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) to expedite repairs to get learners back to their studies in time.

Machogu highlighted schools in Kisumu, Tana River, and Homa Bay counties as the most affected by the floods.

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