28 September 2011

Kenya: Parents Seek Help for Nandi School Burnt in Blaze

Parents at Moi High School Sirgoi in Nandi North have pleaded with the government to help rebuild a dormitory which was destroyed by fire last month.

The parents have criticised the Mosop CDF for allocating only Sh200,000 to help rebuild the dormitory valued at Sh5 million.

The money from the CDF was handed over to the school by area MP David Koech but the parents said the money will not help as the children are sleeping in congested rooms.

The CDF kitty had allocated Sh500,000 to a neighbouring school to paint classrooms, and parents from Moi Sirgoi argue that the committee has misplaced priorities.

One of the parents Paul Maritim questioned the criteria used in allocation of the funds.

The 100 bed dormitory at Moi High school-Sirgoi was gutted down by an inferno caused by an electric fault.

Nothing was rescued as the raging fires consumed all the students' properties including boxes, beds and uniforms.

Well wishers and the Kenya Red Cross donated 160 blankets, and parents resolved to pay Sh2,000 each towards the reconstruction kitty. The school management bought suitcases and new uniforms, shoes and beddings for the affected students.

Led by Jacob Sirma, Reuben Too and Prisca Rotich the parents appealed to the Ministry of Education for support to reconstruct the dormitory.

School principal Zachayo Chepchieng said they converted one of the classrooms into a dormitory. Some of the students affected are KCSE candidates.

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