In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu, tragedy struck when five class eight pupils from Arap Moi Primary School lost their lives in a devastating boating accident at a man-made dam in Amazement Park. The incident occurred during a school outing, shattering the lives of the students’ families and the community at large.
The ill-fated boating trip, intended as part of their exam preparations, turned fatal when the boat capsized, claiming the lives of five young souls. The sole survivor, a class six pupil, miraculously escaped the clutches of the water and was rushed to Burnt Forest Sub County Hospital and later to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for urgent medical attention.
As the news of the tragedy spread, anguished parents of the victims stormed the school, desperate for answers and seeking solace in the wake of this unimaginable loss. The grief-stricken atmosphere prompted an emergency meeting of the sub-county security committee, highlighting the profound impact of this incident on the local community.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 pm, casting a somber shadow over the upcoming Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE) and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), set to run from October 30 to November 24. With 1.4 million KCPE candidates, 1.2 million KPSEA candidates, and 903,260 KCSE exam takers, this tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the fragile nature of life, especially in the face of such significant events in a student’s academic journey.
As the community mourns the loss of these promising young lives, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this devastating incident. May their souls rest in peace, and may the community find the strength to come together and support one another during this challenging time.