Only a handful of learners reported back to school in the troubled Ol Moran area in Laikipia County, despite calls by the government for parents to allow the learners back.
A spot check by KNA in schools in the area under tight police operation, revealed a low pupil turnout, with parents vowing to keep the learners away until normalcy returned.
At Ol Moran Primary School, in Ol Moran, head teacher James Timeka said that 65 pupils out of 583 reported back to school, with only two teachers to attend to them.
“We are expecting more teachers to report back to work as security agencies have assured us of enough security. We have two security officers on patrol at the school,” said Timeka.
At Miharati primary school, both pupils and teachers kept off the institution with Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya saying that the school was affected because it is located at the centre of the conflict zone.
“Most people have fled their homes in Miharati village and are yet to return to their homes and this is why we don’t have learners at the school,” said Natembeya.
“We are happy that learners have started trooping back to school, we also have a significant number of teachers. We expect that by tomorrow we will have a good number of students who will have returned back to school,” said Natembeya.
He urged parents to take back their children to school, saying that security forces had made tremendous progress.
“There are no bandits. We don’t expect them to come and attack learners with all the heavy presence of security officers we are having in this area.
“We have managed to clean up the area and bandits have fled. They are only inside the Laikipia Nature Conservancy,” added the RC.
At Mirigwet Primary school where a section of classes were torched last week by bandits, only two learners reported.
“It is traumatizing to the children to learn that the bandits torched their school in broad daylight. Convincing them to come for classes is an uphill task,” noted Martin Murimi, who camped at the school after accompanying his son.
The management of Tumaini primary school that is run by the St. Mark Ol Moran Catholic church has relocated their pupils to the church, which is located in Ol Moran Township where learning is going on.
Tumaini Primary school is located near the volatile Laikipia Nature Conservancy.
Learning had been paralyzed in 16 out of 21 schools in the area.