Coast Regional Commissioner John Elung’ata has ordered the immediate reopening of all schools in Boni area due to improved security
Speaking in Mokowe Lamu, after he toured the county’s mega projects as well as a brief with security agents in Lamu, Elungata expressed concerns that no learning was going on in the Boni area because all the five schools remain closed due to insecurity fears.
He stated Lamu’s security had greatly improved despite fears by teachers who had last year been deployed to work in the area declined to work in the Boni area due to Al Shabaab threats.
“I am remarkably impressed by the security situation in Lamu, and I would like to assure teachers, the TSC that they should not fear working in the area,” Elung’ata stated.
5 schools closed in 2014
Basuba, Milimani, Mararani, Mangai and Kiangwe primary schools in Lamu have remained closed since 2014 owing to a spate of terror attacks.
Teachers fled the area and have refused to return even after being enticed with handsome pay and allowances.
Local leaders have asked for the reopening of Schools within the Boni area with Lamu East MP Ahmed Shariff and his Lamu West counterpart Stanley Muthama expressing concern that literacy levels were likely to be affected if half of the Lamu population cannot be given the opportunity to learn due to terrorist attack fears.
The Regional commissioner further added that in the event that teachers do not go to Boni, the County government with the communities affected should look for alternative ways to ensure their children are taught.
“Preferably, teachers can be employed by the PTA committees, for teachers willing to work in these hardship areas,” he noted.