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Several primary schools yet to open for 2nd term

14 May 2013, 13:32 Alloys Musyoka

The ministry of education in Tana River county has said that 18 primary schools are yet to open in Tana Delta district since the second term started because they were marooned by flood water.

Education Director in the area Mohamed Shee said that classes in some of the schools were completely destroyed and children cannot use them for studies.

He said that about 5 431 pupils in the area have not yet reported back to school because of the floods in the region that recently experienced tribal clashes.

Shee said that 3 135 pupils from 10 primary schools in the area cannot access their schools because roads leading to their schools were completely cut off by floods after Tana River broke its banks.

"Currently, there 2 296 primary school pupils in 8 schools who cannot use their classes because they are full of water. They can only use their classrooms when flood water dries up," he added.

The officer added that classes in some of the schools marooned by flood water were also vandalized by unknown people who made away with windows, doors and iron sheets among other things, saying the classes need to be renovated before pupils can occupy them again.

Shee said that they are doing all they can to transfer affected pupils to nearby schools so that they can continue with their studies as they wait for the flood water to dry.

"Our aim is to renovate the destroyed classrooms immediately after the floods are over so that pupils can go back to school," he noted.

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