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Gekomu Primary Pupils conduct classes under trees after Ministry condemns their classrooms

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Pupils Of Gekomu DOK Primary School conducting their classes under a tree after their school was condemned as unfit recemtly PHOTO/BRIGHTON MAKORI

Pupils of  Gekomu  Dok primary School which is in Kisii central ward Nyaribari chache constituency have been forced to conduct their lessons under trees after education Ministry pronounced their classrooms unsafe.

This comes after Education  ministry and TSC Officers visited  the school and gave its management one day ultimatum to fix the damaged classroom or risk the closure.

This comes just a week after eight innocent lives were lost after the structure they called their classroom at Precious Talents Top School in Nairobi collapsed.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang on Thursday issued a circular directing regional and county directors of education to evaluate the facilities in all schools as well as their legal statuses as he admitted that there are schools that “do not meet minimum safety standards”

A section of the Pupils having their lessons under a tree after their classrooms were condemned by Education ministry officials PHOTO/ BRIGHTON MAKORI

Speaking to Gusii star the School head teacher Tobias Sigudi called for well-wishers to chip in and help the school with even temporary structures.

He noted that the classroom walls had cracks indicative poor and shoddy workmanship.

Several primary schools are in urgent need of an infrastructural upgrade to avert danger posed by unsafe dilapidated buildings which are deathtraps.

The government has ordered an audit of the suitability of facilities in schools following last week’s tragedy.

A section of the Pupils having their lessons under a tree after their classrooms were condemned by Education ministry officials PHOTO/ BRIGHTON MAKORI

At  the School a  total of 150 learners removed desks from the classrooms to learn under the trees, the classes which took place from 10 am to 2 Pm following the heavy rain in the region.

“Since we were given the notice we have been struggling to have the learners take lessons on shifts with others conducted under trees.  We call upon well-wishers to chip in and help us “Said head teacher.

Lydiah Nyaboke a teacher at the school lamented that as the learners study under the tree there are many challenges they are facing  included  non- concentration, poor light, lack of blackboard  and soaking of their books by the rains.

Yvonne Soire, a pupil said that they are always crowded when learning in classes and part of the time is lost and syllabus coverage is below average.

A section of the Pupils having their lessons under a tree after their classrooms were condemned by Education ministry officials PHOTO/ BRIGHTON MAKORI

 

A section of the Pupils having their lessons under a tree after their classrooms were condemned by Education ministry officials PHOTO/ BRIGHTON MAKORI
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