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Schools Closed, Students Displaced as Banditry Persists in West Pokot

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Schools Closed, Students Displaced as Banditry Persists in West Pokot

The fate of hundreds of students in West Pokot County, whose schools fell victim to banditry, remains uncertain despite the government’s pledge to restore the vandalized institutions. The readiness of these schools to resume learning is in question as many students were relocated to neighboring schools amid the ongoing rehabilitation efforts.

Approximately seven schools in Chesegon and Turkwel, troubled areas, were closed down two years ago due to persistent insecurity. These include Cheptulel boys, Samplomoi, Lonyangalem, Kour Primary Songok, Karon primary schools in North Pokot Sub County, and Tirap, Cheratat primary schools in Pokot Central Sub County.

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Local leaders are now questioning the sincerity of the government’s commitment, especially after a visit by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki last year. They wonder if it was merely a public relations exercise.

Despite promises, the schools lack the National Police Reservists (NPRs) pledged for security. Furthermore, villages in the area remain deserted due to the constant threat of attacks.

Rehabilitation efforts at Cheptulel secondary school, for example, have been criticized for their inadequacy. Locals complain of shoddy workmanship, with essential facilities like toilets, dining halls, and dormitories left untouched.

Principal James Koitilo reports numerous challenges, including water supply issues, vandalized infrastructure, and ongoing security concerns. The school, though admitting students, lacks essential amenities and security measures.

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While leaders acknowledge ongoing rehabilitation, they assert that the schools are not yet ready to accommodate learners. The inadequate state of the facilities, coupled with continued security threats, raises doubts about the feasibility of resuming classes.

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Similar challenges are observed in Baringo County, where schools have recently reopened following a directive from President William Ruto. However, the conditions remain dire, with overcrowded dormitories and makeshift arrangements for classrooms.

In some cases, schools like Kapindasum primary have suffered repeated attacks, leading to fatalities and prolonged closures. Despite efforts by security forces, the situation remains volatile, necessitating constant vigilance.

The plight of these schools underscores broader issues of insecurity in border regions, where communities rely heavily on security forces for protection. Until meaningful interventions are made to address underlying security concerns, the education of these children remains precarious.

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Schools Closed, Students Displaced as Banditry Persists in West Pokot

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