Thirteen learners have died while at least 39 others have been seriously injured in a stampede at primary school in western Kenya.

Police have confirmed the report, saying 20 other learners from Kakamega primary school were treated at a clinic and discharged.

Reports indicated that the students had been running out of classes when the tragedy occurred. It was said that some fell from the third floor of a building as they ran out of the classes.

It’s not clear why the learners were running out of the classes.

Local media reports indicate that a teacher at Kakamega primary school was beating some learners and this prompted other learners to run down a staircase and in the process, some fell and were trampled to death.

Police have confirmed the report, saying 20 other learners from the school were admitted to a health facility have since been discharged.