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FALSE: This photo isn’t of a bus made by a student from Bungoma, Kenya

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The image is of a Marcopolo BRT bus in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

This Facebook post with an image supposedly of a bus made by a student from Bungoma, Kenya, is FALSE.

The post claims that the bus was made by a student taking part in Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), but did not specify which level of education the student was in.

“Tzs (Tanzanians),Ugs( Ugandans) and Nigerians,,, Beware that this Bus is not a Chinese or Japanese model,it was made by a CBC pupil in Bungoma, Western Kenya,” the post reads.

CBC was officially rolled out in Kenya in 2019. The new curriculum emphasises the learner’s competence and utilisation of formative assessment.

But, is the post authentic?

A Google reverse image search of the photo established that the picture is a Marcopolo Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Marcopolo is a Brazilian company that focuses on the manufacture of bus bodies.

TranspoData published the image on 16 October 2023 in this article about Rio De Janeiro acquiring 287 buses from Marcopolo.

According to the article, Rio De Janeiro will, from November 2023, receive 287 BRT buses to aid the city’s public transport system.

The image was also published here and here.

On 11 October 2023, Marcopolo published a statement on its verified Facebook page confirming that it is set to deliver 287 buses to the Brazilian city by mid-2024.

The statement had an image of a bus with a similar code “E902152” to the one we are debunking.

PesaCheck examined a Facebook post with an image supposedly of a bus made by a student from Bungoma, Kenya, and found it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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