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Rains pound second term opening plans

Mercy Mwai, Noven Owiti and Reuben Mwambingu @PeopleDailyKe

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has told heads of institutions to remain vigilant in the face of rains that are pounding the country. In a statement, TSC told the teachers to ensure security of learners who resumed school on Monday.

The teachers’ employers also directed all staff to report to schools to ensure smooth implementation of the curriculum. In a letter addressed to county directors, TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia directed school heads to ensure that books of accounts are updated and cleared.

“Teachers report for duty promptly and to commence active teaching immediately to the benefit of the learners,” she said. The move came on a day that 65 schools in Kisumu County were paralysed by floods.

Kisumu county director of Education Sabina Aroni said about 10 schools, most of them in Nyando, Muhoroni, Nyakach and Kisumu East sub-counties, did not open for second term on Monday. She said the learning institutions are submerged in water, making it difficult for learning to go on.

Meanwhile, the county Commissioner Pauline Dola said they are liaising with the county government disaster management department for a strategy of mitigating the floods effects to ensure no life is lost as learning resumes in the schools.

“We are working jointly to see how to mitigate against the floods menace in order to avoid further losses,” she said. Many schools across the country failed to reopen for second term on Monday following the heavy rains that have been pounding the country.

The worst affected counties include Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu where more than 25,000 school children were unable to report back to school.

At the same time, Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who has been camping in Marsabit county for the past three days, said the National government is working with devolved units to ensure people affected by floods get humanitarian assistance.

Meanwhile, huge sections of roads in Mombasa were rendered impassable and homesteads flooded as heavy downpour since Sunday night took its toll.

As the rains persisted for the better part of yesterday morning, Bondeni-Mackinon market, Fidel Odinga Road, Kongowea-Kalama and Bamburi-Kiembeni roads were choked by the floods.

“We have been forced to make a U-turn just after leaving Haile Selassie avenue because Sarigoi was impassable. There is water all over,” said Faiz Mohamed, a motorist.

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