In the East African country of Kenya, schools have been closed since March due to the pandemic of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19).
Many schools in the country, where Internet access is problematic across the country, cannot do Distance Education. In the capital, Nairobi, a private school filled its classes with chickens and grew vegetables on the sports field. The school’s administrator explained that they had to turn to other methods of making money to avoid bankruptcy because of lost school fees.
THE STUDENTS WERE REPLACED BY CHICKENS
In Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, spinach sprouts grow in rows on the sports field where arugula Preparatory School students once played football, and chickens roam the sawdust-covered classrooms where children once sweated during their exams.
No students have been in these eerily quiet corridors since March, when schools suddenly closed three days after the first case of corona virus was detected in the East African country of Kenya. Due to the loss of revenue, some private businesses in the country were forced to close permanently.
“I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THE LOSS OF INCOME I’VE EXPERIENCED”
“I had to think about how to use the classes, because the loss I experienced can’t get out of my mind,” James Kung, the principal of the school, which handles vegetables in fields about 100 kilometers northeast of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, told Reuters in an interview. You are very disappointed when you wake up in the morning and find empty classrooms looking at you,” he said.
According to the Kenya Association of private schools, there are 11,400 private primary and secondary schools in the country, and these schools have about 2.6 million students. The schools in question range from naked-class schools, where the middle classes go, to ultra-luxurious campuses that serve the nation’s elite.
150 SCHOOLS BANKRUPT, 158 THOUSAND TEACHERS PUT ON UNPAID LEAVE
About 150 schools have already gone bankrupt because of the corona virus pandemic, said Peter Ndoro, the association’s President. Most of the 158 thousand teachers working in private schools went on unpaid leave.
INTERNET ACCESS IS NOT AVAILABLE IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY
Some schools in Kenya have distance learning facilities, but many schools are looking for creative ways to make money because most of the country does not have internet access.
HE PAYS HIS TEACHERS SALARIES THANKS TO POULTRY
Kungu said Roka, which had 530 students in March, will not close because it is a chicken breeder. He added that to date, the school has lost at least 20 million shillings ($184,500) in tuition fees, but still pays partial salaries to teachers.