Bad News: Nine Schools Closed Indefinitely As Date For National Examinations Approach
Nine schools closed indefinitely due to bandit attacks as date for KCPE and KCSE examinations approach.
The situation in Baringo County has been worsening for a while due to a series of bandit attacks with the government doing its best to ensure that such incidents are kept under control with the Kenya Defense Forces and the National Police Service camping in the area.
According to The Standard Newspaper, the Interior Security Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, has called on an improved level of security following the national exams that will be happening in the coming days.
This comes after students and teachers from Tot Mixed Day Secondary School were attacked by armed bandits as they were headed home from a school day trip.
In the course of the month, more schools have been closed in the region over insecurity issues bringing learning to a stand still.
The closed which have been closed include Kapkechir Primary and Secondary School, Tuiyotich Primary School and Secondary School, Karne Primary School and Secondary School, Kasiela Primary School, Sinoni Primary School and Secondary School.
In the latest attack, bandits attacked students and teachers in a school bus along Arror-Mogil road where a driver was killed, two teachers and 15 students hospitalized.
Following the attack CS Matiang’i has ordered the arrest of school’s principal over negligence.
CS Matiang’i has now noted that the bandit attack in the region is no longer a matter of cattle rustling.
CS Matiang’i has promised to deploy a new level of force and fire to end the series of attacks in the region.
“We are going to apply new level of force and fire to end the menace in Tot, Kerio Valley”, 2022 Matiang’i said.
The local community has been blamed for not exposing the bandits in the region who have caused insecurity in the region for many years years. The local politians have also been blamed for for blaming the government whenever security officers are deployed in the region to flush out bandits.
“Bandits don’t fly they came from the local community and are known by even the villagers. The community should police itself and tell us who owns the weapons and where they came from when the operation is being done”.