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Huruma woman stranded with three candidates at home as schools reopen


A parent in Nairobi’s Huruma slums is stranded with three candidates who have failed to report to schools over lack of fare supposed to report to school yesterday as directed by Education CS Professor George Magoha.

Rukia Yusuf a mama mboga says that she has two children, one in class eight and the other one in form four while the third girl is her sister’s child who is also a form four candidate.

Speaking to Ghetto Radio News, Yusuf says that the announcement caught her off-guard and could not raise fare for the three children who are all learning outside Nairobi.

“When the Cabinet Secretary for Education Professor George Magoha announced that schools should reopen, we went and inquired about the fare prices, they were so high we could not afford them. We were left with no option but just to come back home,” said Yusuf.

Yusuf’s niece Amina Hassan a form four student at Bahari Secondary School in Kilifi is appealing for help to get to school.

“My aunt is a mama mboga, she makes approximately Ksh. 50 and Ksh. 100 only in a day, and this is the money we all rely on to eat and to cater for our other needs. I am appealing to CS Magoha to please hear our cries and at least consider those of us who are still stranded at home,” said Hassan.

The reopening of schools after six months closure due to the coronavirus pandemic was yesterday marred with low turn out of pupils and students across Nairobi.