The Star (Kenya)

Re­build­ing of colo­nial school in Ny­eri starts

Class­rooms, ad­min block in a sorry state

- EUTYCAS MUCHIRI Society · Education · Ministry of Human Resource Development · Nyeri · Russian Ministry of Education

The re­con­struc­tion of pre-in­de­pen­dence Muringato Pri­mary School in Ny­eri Town con­stituency has started.

The cur­rent class­rooms are wooden and none has at­tained the re­quired stan­dard of 40 by 30 feet.

The class­rooms have no win­dows, while the wooden walls have gap­ing open­ings, which ex­pose chil­dren to the cold and dust.

Other than the modern toi­let block built us­ing the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund, all other struc­tures in the school are in a sorry state.

Muringato is the only one among the 51 pri­mary schools in the con­stituency that is di­lap­i­dated. The school has 350 pupils.

Ny­eri Town MP Ngun­jiri Wam­bugu said on Wed­nes­day the con­struc­tion work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in Novem­ber so that chil­dren can start us­ing the new class­rooms by Jan­uary.

The MP said he is also lob­by­ing the gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish Muringato Sec­ondary School.

A bore­hole has al­ready been dug at the in­sti­tu­tion to sup­port learn­ers with their wa­ter needs.

“We are now do­ing the school as a modern block. We are also go­ing to re­pair the toi­lets and then of course we shall try and get a sec­ondary school here,” he said. Wam­bugu said Sh8 mil­lion has been com­mit­ted from the NG-CDF, but the en­tire project will cost Sh17 mil­lion.

He said they have en­tered into part­ner­ship with Dedan Ki­mathi Univer­sity which has con­trib­uted Sh2 mil­lion as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. NG-CDF will al­lo­cate more money to­wards the end of the year, he said. “I am also try­ing to get some money from the in­fras­truc­tural fund from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion but one way or the other, we are go­ing to com­plete this school by the end of the year,” he said. Wam­bugu said he will turn around the school to a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence.

The school sits on the univer­sity land and was built as a day­care for the peo­ple work­ing in the cof­fee plan­ta­tion dur­ing colo­nial times. It was com­mon for White Set­tlers who owned plan­ta­tions in Ki­ambu and Ny­eri coun­ties among oth­ers to start such schools, which also acted as day­cares.

The plan­ta­tion farm was later bought by the pub­lic who built a tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tion that was later up­graded to Ki­mathi Univer­sity. “For a long time, the pri­mary school was for the peo­ple of that com­mu­nity but later be­came a pub­lic school and was given TSC teach­ers,” Wam­bugu ex­plained. The ini­tial plan by Ny­eri NG-CDF was to have all schools in the con­stituency ren­o­vated to a cer­tain stan­dard.

“But due to its [Muringato] di­lap­i­dated case, we couldn’t even ren­o­vate it be­cause it is in a very bad state,” he said.

One of the par­ents from the school, Rose­mary Wachira, said the con­struc­tion of modern class­rooms will mo­ti­vate learn­ers who have gone through hell sit­ting in the di­lap­i­dated classes.

The mo­ti­va­tion, she said, will help im­prove grades.

“The classes are dusty and small and even if schools were to be re­opened today, it would be im­pos­si­ble for learn­ers to ob­serve so­cial dis­tanc­ing,” she said.

ROSE­MARY WACHIRA

Class­rooms are dusty and small ... if schools were to be re­opened today, it would be im­pos­si­ble for learn­ers to ob­serve so­cial dis­tanc­ing

 ?? / EUTYCAS MUCHIRI ?? Chil­dren play out­side the di­lap­i­dated Muringato Pri­mary School class­rooms
/ EUTYCAS MUCHIRI Chil­dren play out­side the di­lap­i­dated Muringato Pri­mary School class­rooms

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