An image of several helicopters parked in a field has made rounds on social media with reports that it was scenes of an admission day at St Andrews Turi school.
Users online made several comparisons of the image to form one admission activities in other schools across the country on Monday, January 15.
The discussion of the parked 25 helicopters at the institution also made its way to breakfast shows sparling reactions of Kenyans who continued to compare the lives of the vulnerable in the country and that of the rich.
“Imagine this is just form one admission at St Andrews Turi in Kenya today,” Omwamba shared a caption with the image on X.
By the time this article was written, the post had reached more than 326,000 people and had 481 reshares, as well as 291 comments.
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Fact Check by The Kenya Times
A fact-check done by The Kenya Times however, determined that the image was not taken on January 15, 2023, and was not a photo of a school admission.
Also, the photo was not taken at the premises of St Andrews Turi, an international school in Kenya.
A reverse image search revealed that the original photo was posted for the first time on June 13, 2023, on Facebook by MD helicopters.
MD helicopters is a US based manufacturer of commercial, military, law enforcement and air rescue helicopters.
Additionally, MD helicopters posted the photo to celebrate a successful event dubbed the Great UK/Europe 500 fly in.
Although St Andrews Turi is one of the most expensive schools in Kenya, it was not admitting form ones on January 15 as claimed by several posts on social media, as it follows the British curriculum.
The Kenya Times also determined that this was the second time the image was being circulated with claims of being an admission at St Andrews Turi.
Earlier in June 2023, the same image went viral leaving many shocked at the amount of wealth some families had in the country despite the high cost of living.
St Andrews Turi
The institution is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS), a body that represents the top preparatory schools in Britain.
With a motto ‘Seeking the Highest’, the school which was founded in 1931 has expanded its operations and admits students from all the East African countries and beyond.
The amount of school fees paid at the institution depends on the students’ level of education.
Nursery day only students pay Ksh166,000 per term while students at reception level day only pay Ksh332,000 per term.
Years one to two day school students pay Ksh332,000 per term while year 1 to 2 weekly boarding students pay Ksh630,800 per term.
At the same time, years 1 to 2 full boarding students pay Ksh663,900 per term.
Nonetheless, St Andres Turi, located between Kericho and Nakuru is one of the most expensive and prestigious schools in Kenya.