Drought in West Pokot, Turkana Counitns pushes learners out of schools
SEE ALSO :Gideon mourns murdered former MCA“Since peace prevailed along the border, most of our herders have been allowed to cross over to the neighbouring country to access pasture and water,” the MP said. Lomunokol asked the herders to obey the grazing rules set by Ugandan authorities so as to continue feeding and watering their livestock until the rainy season starts. He, however, expressed fear that more learners would drop out of schools unless measures were taken to provide them with food. “Pupils in the lower classes are the most affected because they cannot walk long distance to school on an empty stomach." He also warned that cases of malnutrition would increase unless children below five years were given food supplements.
SEE ALSO :Wesk Pokot: Leaders hold peace meetingMany schools re-opened on Monday after the half-term break amid concerns about the security of the learners and their teachers. Some of the teachers who spoke to The Standard in Kitale said they were worried about their safety due to persistent fighting between the two communities in the area. "We are headed back to school but we fear for our safety. We want the Government to beef up security in our institutions to protect us from bandit attacks," said a teacher at a secondary school in Turkana South who declined to be named. At the same time, transporters between Kitale and Lodwar towns asked the Government to provide them with armed escort, to stave off bandit attacks.
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