12 Uasin Gishu nursery school children nearly drowned in human excrement when a school latrine caved in under their weight.
The 12 were pupils at Moi’s Bridge Baptist Bible Mission and Nursery School, aged between 4 and 6.
During the Thursday incident, the children were playing outside the latrine when one of them pushed the structure and it collapsed.
Locals quickly rushed in to rescue the children after a teacher cried out for help. They let down ropes and pulled the children up from the muck.
One mother said that her child had suffered bruises and was smeared with human waste.
The afternoon incident was blamed on poorly built structures and substandard building materials.
The affected children were treated at Moi’s Bridge Health Centre.
In October last year, Uasin Gishu County Director of Education Mbaga Gitonga shut down schools deemed ‘sub-standard‘ for having mud walls, broken desks, poor ventilation, and dingy classrooms. Such conditions were deemed unhealthy for children.
The children were evacuated to public schools. The schools were also accused of hiring non-TSC teachers. The Ministry of Education inspected 17 schools and shut down 7 schools.