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Tension High in Kerio Valley as Schools Reopen.

Few days ago, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha issued new directives to headteachers ahead of the reopening of schools.

Speaking while inspecting school projects in Mombasa, Magoha warned school headteachers not to send students home because of unpaid fees.

However, Uncertainty marred the reopening of schools in Kerio Valley after local leaders asked parents not to send their children to the institutions citing the deteriorating security situation in the region.

Speaking to the media, the leaders and teacher trade union officials saying that it was risky for schools to reopen when bandits are killing and maiming people at will.

Marakwet Kenya National Union of Teachers branch executive secretary, John Cheberi said “Three people, including a Standard Three pupil are nursing gunshot wounds following yesterday afternoon’s raid in Arror, Marakwet West sub-county,"

He added “Last year, we ordered the indefinite closure of all schools and our stand is still so, until the insecurity situation in Kerio Valley is handled,”

There are over 25,000 learners in the insecurity-hit areas of Endo, Sambirir and Arror wards which host over 70 primary and secondary schools.

“If teachers and learners are bulletproof, let them go to school but we have issued our advisory against school opening. We want the government to tell us which school in Kenya starts their lessons at 11am and closes at 2pm and expects learners to perform as the rest of their counterparts,” he added.

Marakwet West MP William Kisang claimed that over 50 people have been killed in the past three months with thousands of animals stolen. He said that to safeguard the lives of teachers and learners, all schools in Kerio Valley should remain closed.

He said unless the schools are provided with armed security, they will continue with the calls to have learning suspended.

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John Cheberi Kerio Kerio Valley Marakwet West Mombasa

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