Schools shut after teachers flee terror

From MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 20 schools have been forced to close as teachers flee heightened insecurity following conflict in northeast of the country.
Thousands of children are now out of school.
This is the aftermath of disputed elections whose outcome has been deadly.
Non-governmental organisations reported that non-local teachers had been fleeing conflict-torn areas as the clashes take an ethnic dimension pitting the Kikuyu and Luo tribes.
The conflict emanating from polls opposition leader Raila Odinga (Luo) claims were rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kikuyu) have worsened the impact of drought, which together with conflict and floods have displaced over 41 000 people in Kenya.
About 175 000 children are not attending schools as a direct result drought.
“The school dropout rate is increasing as negative coping mechanisms are being adopted,” said Fred Mugabi, spokesperson of the non-governmental Child Fund Alliance.
Among negative mechanisms include children having to help their families search for water, or to seek work to be able to buy food.
A sharp increase of children living on the streets has been reported in Kenya, leading to a rise in child labour in urban centres.
In Kenya an estimated 175 655 people – including 139 000 children – are at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation while 122 655 are at risk of gender-based violence.
– CAJ News
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