18 January 2013

Kenya: Parents in Demo Over Vihiga School Neglect

PARENTS of a primary school in Hamisi constituency, Vihiga County,have condemned the alleged neglect of a school by local leaders.

The parents were joined by alumni of Gidimo Primary School who said the school was on the verge of closure by public health officials because of its deplorable state.

They said the school had only received CDF allocations twice since 2006. In 2006, the parents claimed, the school was awarded Sh150, 000 which was not enough for the renovation of two classes. They claimed the school, with 217 pupils, received another Sh300, 000 In 2012.

"This school has turned into a training ground for head teachers. For the last six years, we have seen 12 teachers come and go," said Eric Odei, an alumni of the school said.

The parents said if the Government fails to help, they will withdraw children from the institution . They claimed the school receives teachers on punishment by the ministry and who do not wish to stay and help pupils.

"In the past, head teachers stay up to around 2pm then disappear because they come from far," Bulemi Oscar said.The school was started in the 1970s and lies at the backyard of Education Permanent Secretary, Prof. George Godia.

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