The tragic deaths of four students and a teacher at Mukumu Girls’ High School in Kakamega due to poor hygiene and administration negligence have left the entire country in shock.
The students who attended the funeral service of one of the victims, Diana Mambili, recounted their concerns about the poor state of the school’s water, store, and kitchen facilities, which were continuously ignored by the administration.
Despite their efforts, the school management refused to acknowledge the complaints and instead stated that the students were not in school for comfort and could leave if they were not satisfied with the situation. This was a clear indication of neglect and indifference towards the welfare of the students.
The situation continued to worsen, and students started experiencing frequent stomach upsets, which were treated with painkillers by the administration.
Students who complained of stomach aches were subjected to pregnancy tests instead of being taken to the hospital for treatment. The administration only took action after the situation had worsened, resulting in the tragic loss of lives.
The students are demanding accountability from the administration, stating that the outbreak could have been avoided if the administration had acted upon their complaints. The Ministry of Education and Kakamega County Government have taken measures to protect learners, including thorough cleanliness, drilling of a new borehole, and destroying all the food in the stores.
The school is set to reopen, and students will undergo guidance and counseling before resuming studies.