Education ministry takes action after two students die at Mukumu Girls

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 5 Jul, 2022 12:12 | 2 mins read
Two students die at Mukumu Girls
Mukumu Girls. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Ministry of Education has ordered a probe into the death of two students at Mukumu Girls High School in Kakamega County.

Reports indicate that the two students were among at least 28 students receiving treatment at various hospitals in Kakamega after an outbreak of malaria in the school last month.

Pressure from parents forced the Ministry of Education to take action last week.

A team led by Kakamega County Director of Education Dickson Ogonya is conducting the investigations.

"We have instructed the ministry of education on the ground to visit the school and investigate the reports relating to the deaths of students and prepare a report that will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for action," Western Region Coordinator of Education Stephen Barongo told Nation Africa.

The investigation team is under instruction to speak to students, teachers and other workers at the school as part of investigations into negligence allegations as the cause of the two deaths.

The Education Ministry expects a report from the team tomorrow, July 6.

It is alleged that one of the students identified as Nicole had a pre-existing condition and died while receiving treatment for malaria.

Plans are underway to lay her to rest on Thursday, July 7.

The other student is said to have developed complications after undergoing an operation. K24 Digital couldn't independently verify what the student was suffering from.

Mukumu Girls' parents allege negligence

However, some of the parents, who took to social media to vent their frustrations, took issue with the management's alleged slow response to malaria cases first reported in the institution in late May.

They faulted the management for failing to inform the parents about the outbreak.

Some parents claim their children arrived home complaining of fever, stomachache and fatigue when schools closed on June 30.

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