Residents of Dagoretti, a district of Nairobi, Kenya are still in shock, few hours after the collapse of a classroom.
Monday’s accident killed seven children and injured 57 others. Tracy Oduor was in her classroom when the tragedy occured.
“We were in class and we were reading and we heard pupils and teachers screaming and the class started collapsing and then…and then a stone came and hit me on the mouth and then we got out of the class and then we were saved. We heard…when we got out of the gate we heard that pupils were dead”, the 10-year old said.
We were in class and we were reading and we heard pupils and teachers screaming and the class started collapsing and then...and then a stone came and hit me on the mouth.
The disaster highlights the “lack of regulation for educational institutions, particularly in this type of informal housing.
“Basically this is the quality that is supposed to support slabs. This is a slab that is carrying so many people, so much weight yet you can easily break it with your own hands. As easy as that, this is chicken wire, not a construction material and someone had the guts to use this to build a construction for our kids. I think this is basically premeditated murder. It’s not like – it’s sad, it’s sad, it’s sad, it’s sad, that this could happen”, Founder of Crime si Poa (The Youth Safety Awareness Initiative), Peter Ouko said.
Several buildings have collapsed in recent years in Nairobi and other cities in Kenya, a country in the midst of real estate expansion.
The quality of materials and construction in general is regularly questioned, including the ability of unscrupulous developers to circumvent regulations through bribes.