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Sad return as Solai schools reopen after tragedy

Roy Lumbe @PeopleDailyKe

It was a sad return for Solai Nyakinyua Primary School pupils in Subukia, Nakuru county after the school reopened for the first time since the dam tragedy.

Devastated by the loss of many of its pupils in the horrific disaster two weeks ago, the school has started to hold classes again.

The school was the worst hit learning institution in the area with some of the classrooms swept by the ragging waters from the Patel dam.

Up to Saturday, the government had set up temporary shelters in the school for the victims of the disaster but they were forced to leave the institution to allow learning to commence.

According to the school’s head teacher Stanley Njoroge,  the school lost 14 pupils in the disaster adding that only 400 out of 600 pupils had reported by yesterday.

“We have officially opened school today since the disaster, so far, we have received 400 students out of a possible 600. The school lost 14 pupils in the tragedy,” he said.

Njoroge said Christ is the Ansswer Ministries (Citam) church Nakuru and World Vision Kenya are counselling the pupils to be able to assist them to overcome the trauma.

“The school was glad to have counsellors from Citam church and World Vision in assisting the pupils overcome the trauma,” he added.

He was upbeat that the affected families will resettle well adding that he hopes the number of pupils in school will stabilise with time.  In Solai Boys High School, students started streaming in yesterday to resume classes after victims of the disaster were forced out of the institution.

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