The government has begun transferring students in their hundred to other areas for protection following a meeting with stakeholders of education.
The students being transferred are students set to sit for their national examinations this March.
The Rift Valley Regional Commission Mohammed Maalim revealed that this was done to ensure that all candidates of the national examinations in both primary and secondary schools are able to do their examinations without any hiccups.
Around ten schools were affected by attacks from bandits in Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet Regions leading to the Ministries of Education and Interior resorting to the option of relocating the learners.
“A meeting has already been initiated with the county commissioners, education officials and the regional security intelligence committee in the course of the week. On Thursday, we are going to meet and put security measures and other required logistical plans to ensure that everything runs smoothly,” said Maalim.
This has occurred following a bandit attack on 15 learners leading to sustaining injuries. The bandits had attacked the school buses are the learners were returning to their school following a school trip on the evening of the 17th of February. During the incident, the driver was shot dead along the Arror Road in Elgeyo Marakwet County with the students hiding in the bushes.
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In addition, two teachers are still in critical condition after sustaining gunshot injuries despite the police conducting a manhunt for the suspects.
The Police Commander to Elgeyo Marakwet pointed a finger at the school for using the road despite the recent attacks being witnessed in the area.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i ordered for the arrest and prosecution of the school principal for flouting a government directive regarding the movement of school buses during the night.
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