Blast cripples exams body

4th September 1998 at 01:00

Britain will provide 150 million shillings (Pounds 1.5m) worth of equipment to help revive Kenya's examinations council, whose operations were crippled by last month's bomb attack on the American embassy in Nairobi.

According to Clare Short, Britain's Secretary of State for International Development, the assistance will ensure that examinations scheduled for next term for 570,000 primary and secondary candidates are not disrupted.

Data banks for the examinations council, the commission for higher education and the teachers' service commission were destroyed.

Teachers' files, certificates, result slips, cheques, payslips and computer floppy disks were among the documents blasted all over Nairobi's central business district.

Twenty-three staff workers at the teachers' employment authority died in the explosion.

The headquarters of the teachers' service commission were next to the embassy, while the examinations' council and the commission for higher education were less than 30 metres from where the bomb went off.

Wilfred Kimalat, permanent secretary in the ministry of education, and Benjamin Sogomo, secretary to the teachers service commission, appealed to the public to return any documents belonging to the organisations.

Mr Sogomo also appealed to 250,000 teachers in primary, secondary schools and colleges to send their personal information to local education officers to help reconstruct data banks.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has suspended a national strike scheduled to take place early next month when schools re-open.

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