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School owner arrested for defying order

Wednesday March 18 2020

Beracha Academy

Parents and pupils of Beracha Academy in Karatina outside Mathira East sub-county Education office on March 18, 2020. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

REGINAH KINOGU
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A school proprietor in Karatina was on Wednesday arrested for failing to comply with the government's directive to close schools following the coronavirus outbreak.

Ms Martha Wangai, the owner of Beracha Academy, appeared before the Mathira security committee.

Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Meso has also ordered the arrest of 16 parents at the school saying that, by releasing their children to go to school, they had defied a presidential directive.

According to sub-county Education Director Lucy Mbae, 19 Class Eight pupils were in school when the raid happened on Wednesday.

“They were wearing home clothes when we found them,” she said, adding that the head teacher escaped.

The pupils were taken to the education sub-county offices from where they are to be picked up by their parents.

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“We will release the pupils to their parents so that we can educate the parents on the need to take the measures seriously,” she added.