Form Four candidates from several schools were forced to spend yesternight, April 19, in the cold at Uhuru Park, Nairobi after the 8pm to 4am curfew caught up with them.
The students were returning home after concluding their 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations yesterday.
A teacher who spoke to the media, revealed that the situation had subjected the students to mental torture especially after sitting for their exams.
The teacher, who identified himself as Patrick Kipng’etich stated that the curfew posed a challenge to schools attempting to facilitate travel for their students.
Kipng’etich is a teacher at Anestar High School, in Nakuru County.
He urged the government to take the matter into consideration and allow students to travel home regardless of the curfew orders.
“We ask to be given ample time to travel, our students as well, so that they can rest and have a peaceful state of mind,” Kipng’etich stated.
He asked the government to help facilitate safe passages home for students and teachers.
Kipng’etich noted that students traveling long distances will be affected by the curfew orders as they will be forced to spend some nights in the cold.
Over the last three days police officers have heightened curfew enforcement, that has seen them barricade roads leading in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 26 order a lockdown of five counties; Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kajiado and Kiambu after they were identified as the Covid-19 hotspots.
Those exempted from the curfew include medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, national security officers, licensed media houses, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Civil Aviation, the Kenya Airport Authority, power production companies, among others.