Pwani University announced on Saturday, April 1 that it was closing for two weeks to allow the institution’s fraternity mourn eight students and three members of staff killed in a road accident in Naivasha, Nakuru County on Thursday, March 30.
The 11 were among the 18 victims killed in the accident that occurred at 11am at Kayole area in Naivasha.
Pwani University Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Rajab said in a memo to the institution’s fraternity that learning had been significantly affected following the March 30 incident.
Prof. Rajab said learning will resume on Monday, April 17.
“Following the tragic accident that took place in Naivasha while ferrying our students to inter-university sports [function] at the University of Eldoret, it has become apparent that, teaching and learning is drastically affected. In addition, the students may not be in a state of mind to sit for the forthcoming end of semester examinations,” said the VC.
The Pwani University bus, which was heading to Nakuru from Nairobi, collided head-on with an oncoming 14-seater matatu at Naivasha after the bus’s brakes failed.
Students of Pwani University threatened to protest, accusing the university administration of failing to maintain the institution’s buses.
The students said the driver of the ill-fated bus had earlier complained about the vehicle’s condition.