The Star (Nairobi)

14 November 2012

Kenya: School Closed Over Hygiene

MORE than 320 pupils of Akadoot Primary School in Teso North were sent home on Monday after public health officials ordered its closure over poor hygiene.

Headteacher Jael Otung'u said the school was closed after its only toilet that was shared by teachers, pupils and the support staff sunk. It was built in 2009. Otung'u said the health officials from Ang'urai led by Oshwal Situma ordered the school closed.

"My plea that the pupils are allowed to sit for end term exams first fell on deaf ears as health officials stood firm," she said. Situma told a meeting of teachers, parents and school management committee that the school will be opened after 10 toilets have been constructed.

The toilets required as a condition for its re-opening includes four for girls, a similar number for boys and two for teachers. Otung'u said the only sunk toilet was built by Aphia II in 2009 when the school which had now reached standard seven was inaugurated in Kolanya location.

The head teacher regretted that the school had only five classrooms, forcing ECD pupils to learn under trees and with some classes being shared by pupils and teachers. Otung'u said the school needs at least six more classrooms, including three for ECD to be self sufficient.

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