A multi-agency security Operation Amani Boni (OAB) team led by Kenya Defense Forces Monday airlifted 25 teachers to schools within the terror-prone Boni forest in Lamu County.
This comes after a recent visit by Maj Gen Officer Commanding Eastern Command, Juma Mwinyikai, among other OAB officials, who proposed coordinating with education officer and other stakeholders to ensure a military chopper is offered to ferry teachers back to Boni forest as soon as possible.
Education in schools such as Mangai, Mararani, Milimani, Basuba, and Kiangwe was at a standstill for a week after the teachers failed to report back to the institution due to transport challenges posed by insecurity.
Lamu Education Director Joshua Kaaga lauded the efforts by the security agencies to ensure teachers report at work to ensure over 400 learners in Boni forest resume learning like other colleagues across the country even as Grade seven students started reporting Monday.
The County Teachers Service Commission Director, Riziki Daido, promised to deploy 30 more teachers to serve in the area schools in the ongoing teacher recruitment.
Deputy County Commissioner Charles Kitheka assured teachers of their security.
The area is affected by insecurity occasioned by al-Shabaab militants.
They have turned parts of Lamu into a playing field for them.