More than 400 students from terror zone Basuba in Lamu East are yet to resume school, four months after they were close down due to rampant terror attacks and invasions.
This comes at a time when the government is conducting a massive security operation dubbed Linda Boni to flush out Alshabaab elements said to be hiding in the forest.
Our spot checks in Basuba, Mangai, Milimani and Mararani primary schools found that no single student nor teacher has been sighted in schools since then.
Only Kiangwe primary school has re-opened but with just a handful of students and teachers reporting.
The schools have been closed since June this year following constant invasions by the Alshabaab.
Basuba ward representative Mohamed Delo said the continued closure of schools would precipitate early marriages and unwanted pregnancies among girls who are currently idling around while their male counterparts might easily become hooked to drugs and crime.
“It’s unfair that for over four months students haven’t laid foot in class. We shouldn’t be surprised when there is an increase in pregnancies among school girls and early marriages too. We are calling on TSC to send us teachers. There is also need for adequate security so that our schools can re-open like the rest,” said Delo.
Towards the end of June this year, seven teachers were abruptly transferred from schools due to insecurity in Basuba leaving many of the institutions relying on untrained volunteers as teachers.
The move has totally paralyzed the education status and adds to the many challenges experienced by students and teachers in the region.
Basuba is mainly occupied by Boni community.