Displaced teachers moved to new bases

Displaced teachers moved to new bases

Over 1,800 teachers in Nakuru District have been temporarily moved to new schools after they were displaced from their former work stations by violence occasioned by disputed vote tallying in last year’s presidential election. The local chapter of the Kenya National Union of Teachers said Sunday that most of the displaced teachers were working in Keringet, Kuresoi, Olenguruone, Mauche and Mau Narok divisions which were hard-hit by the violence. The branch executive secretary, Mr Njau Kuria, added that other teachers were displaced in parts of Molo, Elburgon, Lare, Gilgil, Njoro and Rongai divisions.

The union official said 1,500 primary school teachers and 354 secondary school teachers were displaced from their former bases. Mr Kuria told the Nation that slightly over 300 teachers had their property, including houses and household goods worth over Sh150 million, destroyed in the fighting.

The union official further said that at least six primary schools, including Lusilo, Nyakinyua, Karirikania and Jogoo were completely destroyed after they were set on fire. On sunday, Mr Kuria told teachers not to report to schools in areas where they felt insecure.

“We are advising our members not to endanger their lives by reporting to schools where their security is not guaranteed. Such teachers should contact the union for the necessary guidance,” Mr Kuria said. He said the displaced teachers have been temporarily moved to other parts of the district where they felt safe, with Nakuru Municipality receiving over 700 teachers. He said the transfer of displaced teachers had adversely affected learning in most schools in areas where violence was experienced as they now had fewer teachers attending to pupils.

Mr Kuria said at least four teachers were killed in the district during the six weeks of violence. Mr Kuria added that close to 100 teachers were also displaced in Kilelwet, Moggon and Mbaruti areas in the western part of Nakuru Municipality. He said enrolment in various primary schools in Nakuru Municipality was low as most pupils had fled with their parents.
Daily Nation

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