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End of the road for Garissa University College?

06 April 2015, 19:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - With the massacre at the Garissa University College and the number of lives it took with it, the question remains, what next for the institution?

The reality is that the institution will forever sadly be remembered for the attack and its reputation as well as that of other institutions in the north Eastern region tainted after the attack.

The haste with which the government evacuated students from the university after the attack, went a long way to underlining just how much the feeling of insecurity at the institution is, at the moment.

No one there feels safe anymore.

News24 spoke to a number of students who survived the attack and they were adamant they would not return to the institution.

" I cannot feel safe there anymore," James Ngugi a third year business student says after he survived the attack.

" We will have to look for another way of completing my studies. That is the only way forward for me and my parents," he added.

Milka Okwaro who also managed to escape the attack also says that she does not think she will return.

" It was a leap of faith to come here in the first place and my parents were against it. It will be difficult to see me return," he added.

The scenario for many though will be hard to call because there are a number that have been sponsored by the government to go to the institution and it might be tough to tell whether they will be given other options.

Education analyst Zipporah Adeo says that life will just have to go back to normal.

" Life will have to go back to normal for the institution one way or the other. They cannot just pack and go. It cannot work like that," she says.

" Just like the situation with teachers, life has to go back to normal after sometime but it will take time. That is understandable," she added.

The government will be under pressure to show that it can ensure security in the area before anyone can think of doing business in Garissa after the attack, something that after the latest, will be a matter of urgency to ensure that the bustling town does not get crippled by the incident.

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