Local leaders in Lamu have thrown their weight behind the national government’s plan to reopen the five closed Boni Schools in January next year that have been closed since 2014.
The five affected schools include Basuba, Milimani, Mararani, Mangai and Kiangwe that have remained closed since 2014 following guerrilla attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.
Speaking during a public Baraza in Kiangwe Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata revealed that the national government is ready to commit resources towards the reopening of the five schools which he added had been closed for too long.
“I would like to commend Lamu leaders for coming together with the national government to assure Boni residents that their children will once more be able to go to schools near the villages, rather than have to live far from their parents in order to go to school,” noted Elungata.
He stated that the national government had already ensured adequate resources in terms of security and teachers adding that teachers will be provided with adequate security they need to commit towards working in these schools.
“The teachers will be staying with the security personnel in their camps in order to assure our teachers that they are safe to work in the Boni schools,” he added.
He also revealed that the schools will be refurbished next month to provide conducive learning environments for the students.
“These schools have not been occupied for long, and the national government will ensure that desks are there as well as the walls are repainted,” the regional commissioner said.
His sentiments were echoed by Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha who commended the national government towards the cause of re-opening the schools in January.
He added that it had been unfortunate that Boni schools could be closed for so long, despite there being improved security not only in Boni but the whole of Lamu county.
“It is important that learning normalcy is restored in these five schools in order to aid in improving literacy levels as well as the quality of education around Lamu,” Twaha stated.
The governor also said that the county government would be committing resources towards the training of eight teachers from the Boni area who will then be deployed by the Teachers Service Commission to work in these Boni schools which most teachers from upcountry consider to be hardship areas.