The Kenya Wildlife Services has donated Sh15 million for the construction of a dormitory at Maktau Secondary School in Mwatate. Residents of Maktau have been at the centre of a long conflict with KWS over human wildlife conflict caused by marauding elephants from Tsavo East and West National parks.
Speaking during the laying of the foundation stone at Maktau Secondary, KWS trustees vice chair Margret Mwakima said they are committed to improving education standards of the community.
Mwakima said learning in most schools in Maktau and Mwachabare often affected by the human-wildlife conflict. She said the boarding facility will provide a conducive learning environment for the students.
"As KWS, we have noted with concern how human wildlife conflict has forced some local schools to reduce the learning hours. We are also aware that in certain times, most pupils report to school late in the morning and leave early in the evening for fear of being attacked by marauding jumbos," she said. Mwakima said that there was need for stakeholders to join hands and put up more schools with boarding facilities.