Kenya: Almost 100 schools forced to close as Christian teachers fear al-Shabaab attacks

Via Christian Today:

At least 95 schools in northern Kenya have been forced to close after teachers, many of whom are Christians, refused to work fearing attacks from Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

In April, 148 students at Garissa University College were killed by the terrorist group which has conducted a number of deadly attacks in the region in recent years.

“Teachers left and did not report back, so some schools have since closed down,” Joseph Alessandro, Coadjutor Bishop of the Garissa Diocese told Religion News Service.

Jacob Kaimenyi, cabinet secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Education, said that at least 95 public schools have closed indefinitely, and almost another 500 could face the same fate as more than 2,000 teachers have refused to go back to work.

Although the public schools have had to close, Alessandro said the church schools are trying to stay open, even though they have fewer students and teachers.