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January 20, 2018

Disruption of learning and development unacceptable

A file photo of police reservists deployed to Chesongoch in the Kerio Valley to quell violence in the area. /STEPHEN RUTTO
A file photo of police reservists deployed to Chesongoch in the Kerio Valley to quell violence in the area. /STEPHEN RUTTO

Nine schools and a polytechnic in Kerio Valley remain closed following a bandit attack on the Pokot-Elgeyo Marakwet border last Saturday.

Five people were killed and an estimated 300 cattle stolen as families and workers fled the area.

The perennial insecurity is unfortunate and must be reined in so that the residents of the area can live normal lives.

Its particularly urgent since no learning can take place in such an environment. Yet the students in this area will eventually be assessed on the same basis as students from conflict-free areas; the time for covering the syllabus remain the same as that for other candidates the will sit for examinations with.

Coincidentally, the Interior and Education ministries are now in the same hands. This hasten the intervention to mitigate the depredations of the bandit-prone region so that conditions fit for learning can be sustained throughout the year.

But this deplorable situation is not limited to Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet alone.

There are many parts of the coast, northern and western Kenya where useful economic and educational activity is imperiled by insecurity and adverse living conditions that must top the government's agenda.


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