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Learning paralysed in Lamu weeks after Mpeketoni attack

02 July 2014, 10:20 Ken Wekesa

Lamu - Learning in Lamu county remain paralysed in many schools following the Mpeketoni attacks as  education stakeholders call for well wishers and psychological experts to offer counseling services to the students who witnesses the massacre.

The county director of education, Mwanyoha Ndegwa said there is need for the formation of a specialised unit to help the traumatised kids recover from the experience.

“Pupils saw their fathers and brothers killed in cold blood and that would affect their daily lives and behavior,” said Ndegwa.

He said children who are affected by such scenes may be withdrawn from studies and the community in general and might adopt indiscipline behavior which can force them to engage in dangerous activities like drug abuse.

The County Executive officer of Education, Khamis Kavitha said seven schools in Witu division have not resumed with sessions following the attacks and teachers have also deserted schools because of insecurity.

A total of seven schools in Witu division have not resumed learning.

Kavitha said that the issue is a short term problem and it will not affect performance in national exams adding that they have consulted with all the school heads in the region with a view to ensuring that the lost time is recovered.

“It is still early in the school calendar and we have adequate time to prepare our candidates so there is no cause for alarm,” said Kavitha.

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