The principal of Sacred Mukumu Girls High has blamed the indefinite closure of the school on what he calls a “toxic environment created by the media.”
Through a memo, the school boss, Fridah Ndolo, ordered the students to go back home after two students died and 500 others consumed poisonous food and contaminated water.
By Monday, at least 24 students were still in the hospital under medical care, while the rest had been discharged.
“This is to notify you that following consultation of the Ministry of Education directors and TSC directors, it has been decided that students break off to heal of the toxic environment already created by the media,” read the first paragraph of the memo to parents and guardians released on March 4, 2023.
The principal advised parents and guardians to ensure their daughters receive medical attention and report back to school with a medical report on any underlying issue from a government hospital once studies resume.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.