Tragic News from Kakamega
According to BBC, a stampede of students resulted in a crush as children were leaving classes for home at about 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on February 3rd. Education minister George Magoha confirmed to local media that there were 14 deaths.
“The loss of a child is very painful. My condolences to parents who have lost their children,” Mr Magoha told Citizen TV.
Nearly 40 other students were injured – some critically – and were taken to hospital, reports say. Some of them were released after receiving treatment. The cause of the stampede is not yet clear, but Kakamega police commander David Kabena told local media an investigation had been launched. Some reports said the students had rushed down a narrow staircase at the end of the school day. The staircase is said to have collapsed. The Daily Nation newspaper said some of the children fell from the third-floor of the building as they ran.
The headmaster of the school is on the same education board as our staff, and ACCES has worked with them on various projects throughout the years. No ACCES staff had children attending there.
Donations are being collected locally and ACCES will be contributing to help with the grieving parents as they cope with the loss and pay for funeral and other expenses. You are welcome to join us with your donation.