In Summary
  • The schools include Basuba, Milimani, Mangai, Mararani and Kiangwe in Lamu East Sub-County.
  • In Lamu East, schools were shut down after 12 teachers fled alleging direct threats from Al-Shabaab militants.
  • Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo urged those in IDP camps to remain there until security improves.

Learning has been paralysed in all areas of Lamu County where the multi-agency security operation dubbed Linda Boni is ongoing.

The operation which is being conducted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in cooperation with the various units of the National Police Service was launched by the government through in September 2015 with key objective being to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding inside the dense Boni Forest.

A spot check by Nation this week established that a total of eight primary schools in the operation areas in Lamu remain closed even as the third term commenced.

The schools include Basuba, Milimani, Mangai, Mararani and Kiangwe in Lamu East Sub-County and Pandanguo, Maleli and Kakathe, all in Lamu West Sub-County.

AL-SHABAAB

The schools haven’t been opened due to insecurity posed by Al-Shabaab militants and the ongoing crackdown by the security agencies in the affected areas.

The situation has affected the learning of over 1,000 pupils whose fate now hangs in the balance as they are now forced to remain indoors with their parents while their peers around the country go on with their schooling.

Nation also established that Basuba, Milimani, Mangai, Mararani and Kiangwe primary schools in Lamu East were shut down since the beginning of second term in May after 12 teachers fled the areas alleging direct threats from Al-Shabaab militants.

For the last three years, education in the five schools has also been disrupted numerous times owing to frequent Al-Shabaab attacks.

BONI COMMUNITY

The area is occupied by the minority Boni community who still lag behind in matters education and general development.

The 12 teachers who fled had earlier been posted in the areas early 2016 in order to ensure learning goes on in the region.

Since they fled, no effort has been made to ensure pupils in Basuba Ward resume their learning.

Parents are now calling on the government to seek a permanent solution to the issue of insecurity in order to enable their children stay in school and learn.

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