Five schools closed in Lamu East as insecurity remains a threat

Five schools closed in Lamu East as insecurity remains a threat

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KDF soldiers comb parts of Lamu in previous operations to flush out Al-Shaabab

The Teachers Service Commission-TSC Lamu branch has vowed not to post teachers to schools in terror prone Basuba area in Lamu East unless measures are put in place to restore security.

The office has also expressed a lack of confidence in the area that is currently marred by insecurity.

The office has confirmed that over 10 teachers have since left their teaching posts in the region owing to insecurity, a move that has led to the closure of over five schools to date.

Speaking in Lamu on Sunday,Lamu County TSC Director Yusuf Abdillahi said insecurity was hindering efforts to have teachers posted into schools in Basuba since many teachers are now unwilling to work in the terror prone zone.

“We are well aware of the security situation in Basuba and as commission we aren’t quite satisfied and confident enough to post our teachers there. The few teachers we had posted fled when the security situation became dire. To post new ones, we need a security guarantee from the government both for the teachers, their duty posts and the entire region but as it is, we are still waiting,”said Abdillahi.

Schools that have not been re-opened since the new term began this year are Milimani, Basuba and Mangai primary schools while Mararani and Kiangwe schools re-opened for several days before being forced to close again due to lack of teachers.

Meanwhile ,Lamu Education Officer David Kambi cited consistence insecurity in the county as a huge hindrance to the growth of the education sector in Basuba.

Kambi said the situation has led to a constant poor national examination results every year in the county.

In last year’s KCPE exams, the first student from Basuba only manage 164 marks out of 500.

Kambi said with proper security measures in place, it will be possible for the situation to improve for the better.

Security forces have been combing the vast Boni Forest in Lamu where security agencies believe a group of Al-Shaabab militants had been hiding to plot terror attacks in the region.

In a security operation dubbed Operation Linda Boni Forest, the security forces led by KDF have managed to flush out alleged militants and restore security in many parts of the county.