5 February 2013

Kenya: 16 Pupils Injured As Roofs Are Blown Off in Narok

More than 16 pupils and a teacher of Ilturusho Primary School in Narok South were injured at the weekend after strong winds ripped off the roof their classrooms.

Head teacher Angeline Bii said the pupils were in class when the winds destroyed three classes. She said they were rushed to Narok District Hospital. They were treated and discharged.

"The classes now don't have rooftops," said Bii. "The loss is estimated to be Sh200,000." The head teacher said the pupils had to run for safety outside in the field.

She said learning activities have been disrupted temporarily. Bii said the school is prone to strong winds because it is in a semi-arid zone that lack trees which act as wind-breakers.

The school is located on the outskirts the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Bii appealed to the government and well-wishers to help in rebuilding the classrooms.

"We need help as fast as possible to enable the pupils continue with their classes," said the head teacher. Recently two pupils of Moi Eor Enkitok Primary School in Narok North sustained minor injuries after the roof of their classroom was ripped of by powerful winds.

The school chairman Rev Joseph Karia, who estimated losses to Sh200,000 blamed the destruction as results of land grabbing of the school land.

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