The Star (Nairobi)

10 June 2012

Kenya: Parents' Fear Over Bondo School

Parents of pupils in a primary school in Bondo wants the institution closed because of cracked walls of classrooms. The parents of Pundo Kawiti Primary School in North Kamagambo sub-location said they fear for the lives of their children.

The walls cracked due to a downpour. A visit at the school showed that most of the classrooms have big cracks old iron sheets. The parents said the structures are risky in case of strong winds. "For four years, the school has been allocated CDF funds and nothing positive has come out of it. The money ends up in the pockets of a few people at the expense of the school," said Celestine Mwango who led the parents. They called for the inspection of the schools before a catastrophe strikes.

But speaking to the media, the school's headteacher John Otulo said there issue has been blown out of proportion. "We admit that some of the structures are weak and have cracks but we are in the process of getting funds to help us repair them, but some of the issues raised on the school has been highly politicised" he said.

The district education officer Albert Langat supported the call of the locals and parents saying that the school risks being closed down if a measure is not quickly done on the structures which may locked out more than 500 students from school. The locals are now calling on the local MP and Minister of Public who has said that if at all the condition of the school cannot be improved then it's better if it is closed down as it poses a grave danger to the children and even the staff. The locals are now calling on the area Mp and Public Service Minister Hon Dalmas Otieno Anyango to help them through CDF allocation to the school to ensure their students go on with their education.

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