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Public Schools Remain Closed in Kenya: Teachers Fear More Attacks


“Teachers left and did not report back, so some schools have since closed down,” said Roman Catholic Joseph Alessandro of the Garissa Diocese.

At least 95 public schools in northern Kenya have been closed indefinitely after Christian teachers in the area refused to work due to fear of an attack from radical Muslim groups such as al-Shabaab whose members slaughtered 148 Christian students at Garissa University in April.

Church schools have also been affected by the walkout; however, many are still open with fewer students and teachers present.
“We are trying our best not to shut down,” said Kaimenyi. “Parents had asked for security in schools and the government has provided some.”

“Entrenched corruption in the security system allows al-Shabaab to move freely in and out of Kenya and carry out such attacks with ease,” said Mwangi in an online statement.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration vowed to “respond in the severest ways possible” to the slaughter, and will “fight terrorism to the end.”