The Star (Nairobi)

20 September 2012

Kenya: Red Cross Register Tana Candidates

Red Cross will register KCSE and KCPE candidates camping in Malindi and Magarini districts.

The candidates have been displaced by the Tana Delta clashes.

Red Cross Malindi coordinator Malindi, Magarini Hassan Musa, the programme is to ensure the candidates sit for the exams. Their schools were closed even before the teachers' strike started.

It aimed at knowing the exact numbers of candidates who will sit for national exams and to help them remain competitive owing that their schools were closed down even before the national teachers' strike begun.

The coordinator also said that they are also registering those in different classes and forms who fled from Tana Delta.

Musa said that after registering, the students will continue with special studies through the help different sponsors.

"Many schools in Tana were closed down before the national strikes begun. We know they are now scattered all over that is why we are now looking for them at least to ensure that they are equipped psychologically and education wise," he said.

He observed that the students are now being sponsored by Karibuni Onlus, a local CBO, among other sponsors to prepare for their national exams.

"We want these students from the torn-clash areas to also remain competitive in national exams and that is why we are registering in order benefit from free teaching programmes from such sponsors," he said.

Musa said that Redcross officers have been deployed in Magarini where camps like Marereni and Mamburui where the programme had kicked-off officially.

"Once we finish from Magarini, we will proceed to Malindi. Malindi also has a big number of IDPs. It is now hosting over 5000 people from Tana Delta," he said.

He called on more sponsors to join in the exercise.

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