Students to Begin Reopening Schools on Friday, May 10, – PS Raymond Omollo Announces

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The National Government on Thursday adopted a new strategy that will see boarding school students begin travelling to school on Friday, May 10.

Speaking to the press, Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo explained that the new strategy was adopted to reduce traffic likely to result from all schools reopening on Monday as directed by President William Ruto.

He further revealed that officers had been deployed to ensure sanity since a majority of roads were destroyed by the months-long floods that hit the country in March.

“We are monitoring the situation between now and when the students get back to class on Monday and the Ministry of Education is working closely with the National Government Administrative officers coordinating that effort towards normal resumption of schools,” Omollo told the press.

Principal Secretary, State Department for Internal Security and National Administration Raymond Omollo giving an address during the launch of the Border Security and Control Curriculum at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) Lower Kabete, Nairobi. December 18, 2023.

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Raymond Omollo

“So you will be seeing the movement of students, particularly for those in boarding schools happening between tomorrow and Monday.”

“One of the biggest challenges is in regards to movement since a number of roads are cut off and we wouldn’t like everybody to get to the roads on Monday so the assurance is that we have put in place the necessary mechanisms and we still expect that the rains will continue until the end of the month but with less intensity,” he added.

He further explained that the state was monitoring the situation and would be guiding tutors and parents through the school reopening process.

The Interior Ministry’s new strategy came at a time when Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu confirmed that some schools that were badly damaged by the floods and may not reopen.

He further revealed that the projected heavy rains may hamper the reopening in several parts of the country.

Specifically, Machogu named Tana River, Homa Bay and Kisumu counties among the most affected.

Omollo, in his speech, highlighted that a total of 21 Counties have been severely impacted, with nearly 2,000 schools affected.

238 people perished in the floods, 47,000 households were displaced and over 200,000 individuals were affected countrywide.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu speaking to journalists on May 9, 2024 in Karen

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Ministry of Education



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