Monday, March 17, 2014

Heavy rains destroy Kenyan classrooms via the Star (Kenya): More than 400 pupils from three primary schools in Baringo county are learing outside their classrooms as the ongoing rains cause massive damages. Some 110 pupils of Kogorwonin Primary School in Baringo Central are being taught outside after strong winds and rain blew away their six classrooms on Friday last week.

Head teacher Willy Chepchieng said no one was injured in the 4.30pm incident as the pupils and teachers had already left for home. He blamed the destruction on sloppy terrain and the aging school structures. Chepchieng said the timber-walled classrooms were constructed in 1993.

At the same time, 174 pupils of Salabani Primary School in Marigat subcounty are also studying outside after they were displaced two years ago by the increasing water mass in Lake Baringo. The school in among eight in Marigat that were affected by the disaster in 2012 when the government took to conserve the Mau Forest water tower.

...In Tiaty subounty more than 130 pupils of Katuwit Primary School are studying on top of their desks after their classrooms got flooded following the heavy rainfall in the area. "We might be forced to close the school indefinitely if the rains persists, following poor school structures that easily lets in water," said the school head teacher, Brian Temonyang....

A 2011 photo of a Mombasa, Kenya classroom, shot by Stephen wanjau, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license 

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