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Government Closed 30 Private Schools in Nakuru Over Poor Infrastructure

Government officials from the Ministry of Education have begun hunting for learning institutions that do not have basic infrastructure.

Deputy County Commissioner Michael Lesimam, who led the exercise, said that the schools that were closed either operated without any government registration or that the school’s buildings were not constructed according to the required standards.

“In Nakuru Town west, 30 schools will be affected. They do not have the basic infrastructure, secondly, they are not registering to mean the government is not with the knowledge of their existence. We are not against private schools, but the owners must follow the guidelines that the Ministry has provided,” said Lesimam.

The learners who were attending the schools will be transferred to neighboring schools to catch up with other pupils for the lessons of the Third Term.

Eight pupils lost their lives in September 2019 and many others were injured at Precious Academy in Nairobi following the collapse of a classroom that buried the victims.

The academy has been built using chicken wire mesh and had a population of 600 learners.

The school’s owner, Moses Wainaina Ndirangu alongside six officials from the County Government of Nairobi were arraigned before a Kibera court for allegations of manslaughter.

The suspects were arraigned before Kibera Magistrate Joyce Gandani and they denied all the charges leveled against them and they were released on a cash bail of 100,000.

Cabinet Secretary for Education then ordered the closure of the school to allow for investigations.

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