Chaos as students report to school after reopening was put off

Education Cs Ezekiel Machogu has caused untold suffering to children and parents, with one having travelled from Mombasa to Kakamega overnight, only to be told reopening of schools had been postponed.

Confusion reigned in several schools in Kakamega County this morning when word went round that the government had postponed their reopening.

Hundreds of students were stranded in Kakamega and other towns and shopping centres in the county upon learning about the development.

“I travelled with my daughter from Mombasa overnight and arrived in Kakamega town this morning on our way to St Mary’s Mumias Girls High School, only to learn about the postponement through social media,” said Teresia Lagho, a parent.

“I do not, thus, know if I should continue with the journey to Mumias or return to Mombasa given all the expenses and risky weather conditions,” she added.

St. Mary’s is one of the top schools in the county that had scheduled for reopening today, while others like St Ignatius Mukumu Boys, Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls, St Peter’s Mumias Boys, Kakamega High, Butere Girls, Koyonzo and Musingu Boys were set to receive learners tomorrow morning.

Principals of some of the institutions said they had received some students, especially those that had academic issues, but that they were in dilemma over whether to release them or not.

Some parents from outside Kakamega were forced to make arrangements with relatives and friends to have their children accommodated for the extra week.

“I do not have the money to have my daughter back to Kapenguria and I, thus, organized to have her accommodated by parents of her fellow student in Kakamega,” one of the parents told Education News on phone.

Hundreds of learners reported to their various day-schools in the morning only to be turned away by their respective administrations.

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By Denis Lumiti

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