Monday, January 14, 2008

Thousands fail to open school as uncertainty continues

NEWS Story by NATION Team
Publication Date: 1/14/2008

Thousands of students will not be able to attend school when first term opens Monday because of the recent violence that rocked the country.

The students and their teachers have either been displaced in the fighting or their schools are sheltering displaced people.

In Kuresoi, at least 30 primary and secondary schools will not reopen because they are located in farms where hundreds of families were forced to flee their homes as arsonists struck.

The Nakuru branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) said Sunday that an estimated 400 teachers in parts of Kuresoi and Molo constituencies had been displaced by the violence.

The branch’s executive secretary, Mr Njau Kuria, told the Nation that the union had advised teachers not to resume their duties in areas where their security was not guaranteed.

He said the security situation in parts of Njoro, Mau Narok, Mauche, Keringet, Kuresoi and Rongai divisions in Molo and Kuresoi constituencies was still unstable.

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