Learning halted in Kisumu due to raging floods

By Lydia Gichuki

Floods caused by heavy down pour in Kisumu County have seen learning activities halted in several schools in Kisumu East Sub County over the last one week.

Stanley Shitanda, Area Sub-County Education Officer, said schools that have been hit hard by the floods are St. Mark Nyabera and Nyaimbo Primary school.

As a result learners were forced to wait for long hours for the water to subside in order to access the school.

Pupils in lower classes have been asked to stay at home while the others have been relocated to classrooms that have not been affected.

Due to river Lwanda breaking its banks Nyaimbo Primary School has been cut off from the neighboring community thus making it impossible for pupils to report for classes.

Nyaimbo Primary School Head teacher Herbert Ogada said the flooding had affected both pupils and teachers with the road leading to the school being impassable.

At St. Mark Nyabera students are forced to take only afternoon classes when water subsided as it had clogged classrooms in the morning.

While speaking to KNA, Shitanda said the government was monitoring the situation adding that if the flooding persisted, learners shall be relocated from the affected schools to safer grounds to ensure that learning continued uninterrupted.

He added that the Ministry of Education was working with the county government and other government departments to dig trenches in the affected areas to facilitate free flow of water in the affected areas.

In addition, he said the Ministry was in contact with humanitarian organizations to secure support if the situation gets out of hand.

Photo: Kipsang Joseph/Standard


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