Relocation of students from unsafe schools on course, says Magoha

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 00:00 |
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha (right) and PS Belio Kipsang when they received Class Eight pupils from Precious Talents Top School. Photo/PD/DOUGLAS LANGAT

Education ministry yesterday said the relocation exercise for learners, whose schools have been shut over safety concerns, is well on course.

As at yesterday, the Ministry said Jamhuri Primary had received 160 children, Riruta 21 and Ngong Forest Primary 25.

Another 123 learners had moved to New Kihumbu-ini Primary, 12 to Kihumbu-ini and 263 to Ayany Primary in Kibra.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha said last week that learners would be moved to neighbouring primary schools following closure of Precious Talents Top Academy in Dagoretti.

Some 480 learners were to be placed at Ngong Forest Primary school, 180 at Jamhuri Primary and another 130 at Riruta Satellite Primary, bringing the total to 790.

In Kangemi, Magoha closed Pama Academy and the 472 learners were to be moved to either Kihumbu-ini or New Kihumbu-ini Primary schools.

On Monday, Magoha decried the slow pace of relocating learners, particularly those who were at the Precious Talents, citing political interference.

“Relocation has happened in Kibera because there are no politics but in Precious school there are dirty politics and it is obstructing what we are supposed to do.

The children are going to Ngong Forest primary at a slow pace and the highest number of about 40 have gone to Jamhuri Primary,” said the CS when he monitored relocation of learners on Monday.

Deputy President William Ruto also assured government’s commitment to ensure all schools are habitable for learners.

The shut-down was triggered by the collapse of a classroom at Top Talents last week killing eight pupils and injuring scores others. 

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