Several schools in Elgeyo Marakwet recorded low student turnout after heavy rains destroyed school toilets and classrooms in the first week of the term.
Water pipes were destroyed, leaving three Marakwet East secondary schools without water, education officials reported.
County Director of Education Joseph Wamocho said Queen of Peace, St Paul’s Kapkondot Girls and Tot Mixed Secondary schools lacked access to clean water after rock falls and mudslides destroyed pipes in the area recently.
Wamocho reported that toilets at Mutany and Kipka Primary schools and St Alphonsus secondary school have sunk, putting health of students and staff at risk.
“Some classrooms at Kabulwo, Kiptoro, Mutany and Cheptarit primary schools have been damaged by the heavy rains,” he said.
Wamocho said school management boards are working with relevant authorities to repair the damaged infrastructure and restore learning as soon as possible.
“Schools along the Kerio Valley were most affected. The rains also destroyed bridges leading to schools,” he said.
At the same time, private schools owners in the county called for extension of official reopening following the heavy rains.
Led by Christopher Cheboiboch, the owners said pupils will travel to schools due to poor roads and flooding experienced in the country.
“We have some pupils coming from as far as Mombasa and Kisumu. We understand that roads are impassable due to floods and it will be risky to allow young children to travel when the rains have not subsided,” Cheboiboch said.
Elgeyo Marakwet meteorological official Simon Cheptot said the rains that will continue until June will likely make soils on the rocky escarpments loose and noted that this may likely lead to rock falls or landslides.
Keiyo North deputy county commissioner Joseph Chepkwony asked parents to accompany their children to school especially at the areas which are affected by heavy rains.
“A number of foot paths are dangerous due to the heavy rains and we ask parents to take charge of their children’s safety,” Chepkwony said.
The administrator said mudslides and rock falls have paralysed transport along the Kerio hanging valley stretching from Kocholwo.