Kenya: Learners in Budalang'i Relocated as Flooded Schools Remain Closed

15 October 2020

About five schools in Busia County have remained inaccessible because of flooding.

In Budalang'i constituency, Rugunga Special, Buongo Primary, Musoma Secondary, Musoma ACK Primary and Igigo Primary schools remain closed.

River Nzoia recently broke its banks, displacing thousands of people and destroying property of unknown value.

Western regional director of education Stephen Barongo said learners from the affected schools have been relocated to other schools.

Rescue centres

Pupils at Igigo Primary School have been moved to Budalang'i Primary, while those at Musoma ACK Primary have been taken to Rugunga Primary School.

Learners at Rugunga Special School have been relocated to Lugale as students at Buongo Primary have been taken to Mubwayo.

Students of Musoma Secondary are now learning at Sango Teachers Training College.

Mr Barongo confirmed that schools in the region that served as rescue centres for flood victims had been fumigated and were safe for the learners.

Busia woman rep Florence Mutua urged the government to move with speed and renovate the affected schools before full learning resumes.

"We want learners from the affected schools assisted so that they can catch up with their education. Pit latrines are flooded and this puts the health of the children at risk of diseases like cholera and bilharzia," Ms Mutua said.

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