KAKAMEGA SCHOOL TRAGEDY: PROFESSOR GEORGE MAGOHA, CS EDUCATION ADVISES PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF KAKAMEGA PRIMARY SCHOOL TO ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL TODAY DESPITE THE DEATH TOLL RISING TO 14 YESTERDAY FOLLOWING A STAMPEDE
WHAT LED TO THE STAMPEDE AT KAKAMEGA PRIMARY SCHOOL?
Professor George Magoha, CS Education has directed parents of Kakamega Primary School to allow their sons and daughters to attend school today after 14 pupils succumbed to injuries following a stampede on February 3 2020.
Speaking on the phone live on Citizen TV news at 9.35 P.M. Professor Magoha expressed his heartfelt condolences to the parents and guardians whose children had died and injured.
He was however of the opinion that the remaining pupils should be allowed to attend school since the Ministry had vetted the institution and it was safe and sound for learning activities.
According to Kakamega Central OCPD David Kabena, 13 pupils had succumbed to serious injuries earlier and at least 39 were nursing serious injuries.
By Monday evening, the death toll had risen to 14 after one more pupil passed on at Nala Nursing Home.
Two of the injured Kakamega Primary School pupils were admitted to the ICU at Kakamega County Referral Hospital.
Majority of the affected pupils are class five
pupils who were leaving school at 5 pm when the stampede that claimed the lives of many occurred.
WHAT CAUSED THE DEADLY STAMPEDE AT KAKAMEGA PRIMARY
According to preliminary reports by Citizen Digital, a teacher at the school was beating some pupils hence prompting the others to run down the staircase. In the process, some fell and were trampled to death.
This comes even as the Ministry of Education and the TSC have on several occasions interdicted and sacked teachers for beating learners.
According to the TSC ACT, it is illegal to beat learners. Teachers are advised to devise other mechanisms in dealing with unruly pupils and students.