Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has expressed shock at the deaths of 14 pupils in the stampede at Kakamega Primary School.
It was alleged that the pupils died following a commotion as they went downstairs from their classrooms. Another 39 others were hospitalised with minor and major injuries.
Magoha said there was more than meets the eye in the whole saga, whose cause is being investigated.
“I was here two months ago and I can say this is an orderly school. What happened yesterday is shocking and we cannot believe what we are being told. Investigations must be conducted,” Magoha said.
Speaking at the school, the CS said that the primary school has been closed for seven days to allow other pupils to mourn and heal from the shock.
“Learning will resume next Monday when we have ascertained what exactly happened. We ask the pupils and parent to stay calm,” said the CS.
Deputy President William Ruto, who accompanied Magoha, said the government would cater for all the expenses to be incurred during this period.
The DP assured parents that they would dig deep to prevent such an occurrence in the future.
“We send our condolences to the families whose children died. We also wish quick recovery to those who survived.”
“For those under medication, we will pay for their hospital bills. For who who died, we will pay the burial expenses,” Ruto said.
The DP revealed that the government would send counsellors to the school to help traumatised learners heal.