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Rising school bus crashes cause anxiety

Sunday August 28 2016

Students of St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls High School are helped into the wards at Kisii Level 5 Hospital after they were involved in an accident along Itumbe Nyamache road on Friday August 12, 2016. PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Students of St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls High School are helped into the wards at Kisii Level 5 Hospital after they were involved in an accident along Itumbe Nyamache road on Friday August 12, 2016. PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BEATRICE OBWOCHA
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Most schools across the country re-open on Monday for the third term amid concerns over an increase in the number of accidents involving learning institutions’ vehicles.

Data by the National Transportation and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows a rise in traffic accidents involving pupils and students.

About 180 school-going children lost their lives to road accidents between January and August 18.

The accidents include those involving school transport (hired or institution-owned), those hit by vehicles and by boda boda.

An informal survey done between May and October last year through social media platform Ma3Route also revealed a sharp rise in the number of accidents involving school-going children and vehicles.

The project’s lead researcher Elizabeth Resor says that over the period, 64 crashes were reported, mostly in Nairobi.

“The numbers show that there is a need to focus on road safety for school children,” she said.

The number of accidents involving school vehicles or students being hit while commuting to or from school is steadily on the rise.

The most recent incident involved a school bus belonging to St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls Secondary School in Kisii County on August 12.

What started as a celebratory ride in a new school bus ended in tears. The bus, which had just been delivered to the school, rolled with 78 students said to have been on bo