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Baringo Learners Study Under Trees After Lake Devoured Schools

Baringo Learners Study Under Trees After Lake Devoured Schools

More than 5,000 students in Baringo must now sail to school over the swelling Lake Baringo.

The students utilize boats constructed locally. Lake Baringo overflowed, flooding 18 primary schools and displacing over 40,000 people.

Residents are now at risk from crocodiles and hippos due to the ensuing uprising.

This has also shortened the distance between Marigat and Chemolingt.

According to a monthly TSC publication, the majority of school-aged children are at danger due to continuing environmental changes.

This has compelled the majority of students to attend schools inside their neighborhoods.

The journal emphasizes the struggle of teachers dealing with an inflow of students and the danger of crossing the body of water by boat.

Luke Kandie, the principal of Loruk Primary School, stated that most students come from Chelelyo, Kiplelchony, and Barchar Islands.

Parents are hesitant to allow their children to take boats to school in the impacted areas.

According to them, young students are susceptible to being overrun by animals or powerful waves.

Early in July, an average of 32 students out of 318 were present in class, he claimed.

In addition to sailing boats, students can take lengthier ways to school.

Harun Loruk, a local neighbor, stated, “The classrooms are beginning to break owing to the effects of flood water, putting the lives of the students at risk.”

The majority of instructors were displaced and lived in terror of hippo attacks.

According to Salabani Secondary School principal Joshua Chemjor, the school is immersed in the lake.

Last year, the lake was five kilometers away from the school, Chemjor explained.

Katuwit, Loruk, Salabani sec, Ng’ambo Girs, Lake Baringo mixed Sec, Sintaan, Leswa, Lorok, and Loropil are the affected schools.

Other elementary schools include Noosukro, Kiserian, Ilng’ana, Ng’enyin, Sokototi, and Salabani.

Baringo Learners Study Under Trees

The headmaster of Ngambo Primary School is forced to flee from beneath a tree when a strong wind and rising dust force him to do so.

The wind scatters the books and papers on his table, and a chalkboard attached to a neighboring tree falls to the ground. Under the tree, students must cover their heads and hold their books.

“We are used to this. This is where I receive my visitors. I have been operating under this tree for close to two years now following the swelling of Lake Baringo and the subsequent submerging of our school. This is an office,” said Parkolo Shariff, the headteacher Ngambo Primary School. 

Students in the first, second, and seventh grades operate beneath a tree. The school with 342 students has three fixed classrooms, two classrooms built of iron sheets, and one classroom under a tent supplied by the Kenya Red Cross.

However, the tent is torn. Due to the severe climate, learning here is not a walk in the park.

Several schools, including this one, were relocated due to rising lake levels. Other schools that had to be rebuilt include Salabani Secondary School, Ngambo Secondary School, Lake Baringo, and Salabani primary school.

Learners encounter several obstacles, there is a great deal of trespassing, the sun is intense, and animals frequently cross this area, interfering with their attention.

He claimed that absence is rampant since there is no nourishment for the students. According to him, the school food program was crucial in encouraging students to attend school.

He added that the enlargement of the lake displaced neighbors and submerged farms; families were forced to migrate and are having difficulty rebuilding.

As communities compete for dwindling supplies of water and grazing land, instances of insecurity tend to increase.

Elijah Kipton, the principal of Kapindasum Primary School in Baringo South, stated that he and the students were forced to relocate in February 2021 due to insecurity.

He relocated to the primary school seven kilometers away in Chemorongion.

Chemorongion Primary School is home to students from Arabal, Kasiela, Chebinyiny, and Kapindasum schools.

George Okeyo, the Sub-County Director of Education for Baringo South, stated that climate change and instability had plagued Marigat during the previous two years.

Since 2019 widespread insecurity has pervaded the Mukutani and Muchongoi regions of Baringo South, where initially, ten schools were displaced.

Six schools shuttered due to insecurity and have yet to reopen.

Arabal Primary and Secondary Schools, Ngelecha Primary, Chebinyiny, Kapindasum Primary, and Mukutani Primary are among the schools.

The Ngelecha primary school has been shuttered, and those in the surrounding villages have relocated to nearby uninhabited hills.

At Arabal, families have relocated, and students are dispersed among numerous schools.

Chebinyiny elementary students are hosted by Sosiende, while Chemorongion welcomes Kapindasum and Kasiela students.

“Parents want to go back to their homes but they have nothing. The effect of both floods and insecurity means that several children who did well in KCPE could not join high school,” Okeyo said.

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