In Summary
  • The school, located along the porous Kenya-Somalia border, has only 55 students as the 2019 academic year starts.
  • Form One students were expected from as far as Kilifi County and Kibra in Nairobi but none has reported.
  • Arabia Girls was started in 2007 to carter for the education of girls in Mandera.

Arabia Girls Secondary School in Mandera now risks closure due to lack of learners.

A one-time academic giant in the county, the school, located along the porous Kenya-Somalia border, has only 55 students as the 2019 academic year starts.

“The school opened on time but only 55 girls reported with only four teachers present to teach this first term,” said Mr Issa Yarrow, the school’s principal.

No student has reported to Form One despite 50 being selected to join the county school this year.

NO FORM ONES

“We were given 50 students during Form One selections in Garissa but none has showed up including the four who picked admission forms,” Mr Yarrow said.

The school expected Form One students from as far as Kilifi County and Kibra in Nairobi but none has reported.

Ten girls from Nairobi were expected at the school. But even the 20 who were selected locally are yet to report.

Arabia Girls was started in 2007 to carter for the education of girls in Mandera and has a capacity of 180 students according to the principal.

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