Kenya Railways Extends Tickets for Stranded Students

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Students can now breathe a sigh of relief as Kenya Railways has extended the validity of Madaraka Express tickets.

The state corporation announced that the tickets originally earmarked for students returning to schools between April 29 and May 3, will now be honored from May 6 to May 10,

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The extension exclusively caters to students and their accompanying guardians.

The decision comes in light of the Ministry of Education’s postponement of school reopening dates, as conveyed by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu in a statement released Sunday night.

“The devastating effects of the rains in some of the schools are so severe that it will be imprudent to risk the lives of learners and staff before water-tight measures are put in place to ensure adequate safety of all affected school communities.” He stated.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu

Machogu cited the severe impact of ongoing floods on certain schools, expressing concerns for the safety of students and staff. Consequently, all primary and secondary schools will now resume classes on Monday, May 6, 2024, instead of the previously scheduled date of April 29.

“Based on this assessment, the Ministry of Education has resolved to postpone the reopening of all primary and secondary schools by one week, to Monday, May 6, 2024,” Machogu said.

The Ministry, in collaboration with relevant agencies and stakeholders, pledges to implement measures to address the challenges posed by the floods.

Regular updates regarding the education sector’s developments will be provided, ensuring transparency and informed decision-making.

In response to the adverse weather conditions, the National Parents Association advocated for revised school opening dates in affected regions. This plea coincides with warnings from the Meteorological Department of intensified rainfall in the forthcoming days, following reports of significant casualties and damage.


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