In a somber announcement, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu revealed the heartbreaking news of a tragic boat accident that claimed the lives of five Arap Moi Primary School students just two days before their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams were set to begin. The incident occurred on Saturday, October 29, 2023, when a group of Standard Six and Standard Eight students, accompanied by teachers, went for a recreational outing at a man-made dam. Their boat tragically capsized, leading to the loss of these young lives.
CS Machogu expressed his deep sorrow and extended his sympathies to the families, friends, and relatives of the deceased students. He assured the public that a thorough and conclusive investigation is underway, conducted jointly by the Education Ministry and the Interior Ministry. The findings of this investigation will be the basis for taking appropriate action.
Machogu’s statement carried a stern warning to teachers, parents, and guardians, urging them to be vigilant and avoid exposing learners to risky activities and environments, especially during the critical period of national examinations. He emphasized the paramount importance of students’ safety and well-being during this time, recognizing the need for enhanced vigilance and safety measures.
The tragedy serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of safeguarding students and ensuring their security, particularly in the lead-up to significant events like national examinations. As the investigations continue, CS Machogu appealed for calm and patience from the affected school, families, and communities. He reiterated the government’s commitment to taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of candidates across the country during the 2023 national examinations season.
This incident underscores the need for collective responsibility and vigilance within the education community, emphasizing the importance of providing a secure environment for students to learn and grow. The Education Cabinet Secretary’s assurance of swift action and his call for increased caution resonate as a clarion call for everyone involved in the education sector to prioritize the safety of students above all else.