Police ferry KCSE students to exam rooms across flooded compound

A section of Kenyatta Girls High School in Thika inside a police vehicle [Photo: Kamau Maichue]
  • Police were forced to transport KCSE students to their classrooms after their school flooded
  • The heavy rains cut off access to Kenyatta Girls Secondary School in Thika
  • The school compound had become inaccessible following a heavy downpour

Government officials were called in to transport a group of students sitting this year's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams to the exam rooms.

The emergency measure came days after the Meteorological Department warned that Nairobi, most parts of Central and Western regions and the Rift Valley would be hit by flooding.

The heavy rains cut off access to Kenyatta Girls Secondary School in Thika, causing examination officials to mobilise police and Government vehicles to ferry candidates to their classrooms.

The school compound had become inaccessible following a heavy downpour in the area last weekend.

Police and Ministry of Education vehicles arrived at the school gate at 6am to collect 152 marooned candidates in time for their morning paper, which was set to begin at 8am.

Area MP Patrick Wainaina also donated several vehicles.

Rescue mission

The rescue mission was co-ordinated by Thika West Deputy County Commissioner Tom Anjere accompanied by area Director of Education Ronald Mbogo, District Administration Police Commander Peter Nzimbi and Deputy Officer Commanding Police Division Bernard Ayoo.

Mr Anjere said the Government would ensure that no candidate was prevented from sitting the examinations due to the ongoing heavy rains.

"We woke up early with the security agencies and the Ministry of Education officials to ensure that candidates from this school, which has been completely flooded, were not affected,” said Mr Anjere.

However, despite the State's intervention, several candidates arrived at the school a few minutes before the examination was scheduled to begin after wading through flood waters from their homes.

School Principal Jane King’ang’i appealed for help to control flooding in the school.

“We are asking the Government to find a permanent solution to the flooding menace in the school. Today, we woke up to a flooded compound but we got a temporary solution with the help of the Government,” she said.

Residents have blamed poor drainage in the entire Thika constituency for the flash floods. They have accused both the national and county governments of doing little to cushion them against perennial flooding.

The constituency, which is home to rapidly-growing residential estates, is still grappling with a sewerage system built in 1970s.

Left homeless

More than 10,000 residents of Kiganjo, Kisii and Kamenu estates, Thika town and the sprawling Kiandutu slums have been left homeless following the heavy downpour.

Reports indicate that some residents could be stuck in their houses, cut off by rainwater.

“We have been taken back to square one by the floods. All our foodstuff, electronics and even clothes have been destroyed by water. It is our hope that the Government will come to our rescue and help us get back on our feet again,” said Ann Njeri, a resident of Kisii estate.