Education – 60,000 miss class due to chaos – 23 Jan 08

60,000 miss class due to chaos

More than 60,000 students from primary and secondary schools in Rift Valley Province have been displaced following the post-elections violence. Already 6,665 secondary school students have transferred to schools in Nakuru. About 660 primary and secondary school teachers have also been temporarily transferred to safer areas. However, Rift Valley Provincial Director of Education Peter Macharia said they would return to their former stations once calm is restored. Mr Macharia told a provincial heads meeting in Nakuru yesterday that the victims had been absorbed by 21 municipal schools. He said the ministry of Education was looking for funds to buy furniture and stationery for victims who are learning under tents.

The Provincial Medical Officer of Health John Ouma Odondi told the meeting aid agencies like World Vision, the Red Cross, the UN and USAID were providing humanitarian assistance.

Mobile clinics have been set up in Kipkelion and Londiani where new violence has erupted. Over 500 children are camping at the Show ground.

Gender parity

In Nyanza, some 37,678 candidates who sat for their primary examination will miss Form One places in the province.

Provincial Director of Education Geoffrey Cherongis said 13,942 girls and 23,736 boys will not get places in secondary schools.

The PDE made the remarks as the Form One selection kicked off at Kisii High School. A total of 74,196 candidates in the province will join Form One.

“National schools selected 413, provincial schools 24,822 while district schools will select 42,258 and private schools 6,703 students,” added Mr Cherongis.

He also regretted that the gender parity has not been achieved although there was an improvement.

Addressing head teachers and education officials from the larger Kisii region, the PDE said the free secondary education fees guidelines should be adhered to by all schools.

Mr Cherongis who was accompanied by Nyanza Knut chairman Geoffrey Mogire and Kisii DEO Mwanyoha Ndegwa, said despite the post-elections violence, schools in various parts of the province had resumed.
Daily Nation

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