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President William Ruto Suspends School Reopening Amid Flood Crisis in Kenya

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Mbeki edmond

May 4, 2024

During a press briefing on April 3, President Ruto urged Members of Parliamen

During a press briefing on April 3, President Ruto urged Members of Parliament to redirect more funds from the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) towards the reconstruction of affected school infrastructures. This move is critical to support the extensive repairs needed in the wake of the floods.
Kenya, President William Ruto

In response to the severe flooding impacting large parts of Kenya, President William Ruto has announced an indefinite postponement of school reopenings nationwide. The decision, aimed at ensuring the safety and preparedness of educational facilities, comes as many schools have been damaged by the ongoing natural disaster.


During a press briefing on April 3, President Ruto urged Members of Parliament to redirect more funds from the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) towards the reconstruction of affected school infrastructures. This move is critical to support the extensive repairs needed in the wake of the floods.


"The Ministry of Education is directed to postpone the dates of reopening of all schools in the country for the second term until further notice," stated Ruto, emphasizing the government's commitment to student safety and educational integrity.

Further addressing the nation, Ruto praised the community spirit and the efforts of institutional volunteers who have rallied to assist during this crisis. He also made a strong appeal to the public to heed safety alerts and avoid dangerous behaviors such as crossing flooded paths or driving on waterlogged roads.


Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu also highlighted the issue, issuing new guidelines for school reopening originally scheduled for May 6. These guidelines involve collaboration with National Government Administration Officers to secure alternative accommodations for those displaced by the floods, including using some schools as temporary shelters.


The government's focus remains on ensuring the safety of its citizens and minimizing the educational disruption caused by the floods. President Ruto's call to action reflects an urgent need for community cooperation and legislative support to navigate this challenging period effectively.

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