150 children rescued from an ‘illegal’ school
More than 150 students in the Caritas Mariana Academy in Thika, and who have been living under appalling conditions and lack of proper structures, have been rescued from a children’s home that has been operating without valid licensing.
According to the County Children’s Department Coordinator Mwambi Mongare, the children have been residing in deplorable conditions as the place operates in multi-faceted forms being an academy, a home and a boarding school.
This makes it difficult to provide the basic necessities to cater for the needs of the children.
Caritas Mariana Academy has been running on an expired license under the proprietorship of a Nigerian and Kenyan.
The facility was later closed down by the Education Department from Kiambu County.
According to Thika Education Officer John Ndundu, the School Management approached his office seeking for registration but after investigations by his officers, the school did not meet the minimum requirements to warrant registration.
It is also alleged that the closure of the facility followed allegations of defilement and the mysterious death of a standard 7 girl whom they planned to bury secretly. However, Thika West children’s officer Mungare Mwambia said that they would put a hold to the burial to pave way for post-mortem and investigations.