The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Theft of Textbooks Escalates in Embu

Thieves once again struck a primary school in Embu West District was on Wednesday night and stole textbooks. This is the seventh school to be broken into in just one week where computers, textbooks and money has been stolen.

Rung'ang'a Primary School in Gaturi North staffroom was broken into and textbooks stolen. The thieves struck in the dead of the night.

Acting DC Daniel Obudo yesterday said, "this issue of textbooks theft has now gone out of control."

He said the government was planning take decisive security measures to curb the menace.

Obudo said it is important that the schools now hire reliable security services from recognised firms instead of "relying on old watchmen".

Iveche Primary School which has been chosen as a centre of excellence was broken into on Tuesday night.

Three armed thugs broke into the school at 3am and took away cartoon boxes full of textbooks, four computers and threatened to kill the watchman if he raised the alarm.

"These books are being sold Embu traders who deal in books," said Obudo, who is also the chairman of the District Education Board. "There is a ready market out there because textbooks are really in demand.

The traders sell the books as second hand, to parents who cannot afford to buy new ones. Obudo said it is high time the traders were questioned on who supplies them with books.

Other schools that have been broken into this week are Itabua, Kimangaru, Kangaru, Embu County, Nthambo primary schools.

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