An NGO from Germany has built a primary school from scratch in Kanziko in Kitui South Constituency, to improve pupils’ welfare as well as increase enrolment.
Holler foundation projects manager Nicolas Kimeu, speaking at kitenzele primary during commissioning of the institution, said that before their intervention pupils were learning under trees.
“When we first came here there was only one makeshift structure that served as the staffroom” noted kioko.
He notes that after being okayed by their sponsors and donors to construct the learning institution, the Germany foundation later pumped sh. 13million into the school .
Currently, the school has 8 classrooms equipped with blackboards and desks, a 100,000-liter water tank, administration block, staff quarters, a modern kitchen installed with two boilers, and a fully-equipped staffroom and enrolment has since improved.
Also constructed was three pit latrine blocks for boys, girls and teachers, a lined farm pond and establishment of a kitchen garden alongside erection of a perimeter fence and modern gate, and solar powered electrical installation in all the facilities.
According to Mary Mwengi, a parent, pupils used to trek for more than 9 kilometres to the nearest primary school.
“Kids who couldn’t stand the adverse learning conditions had to walk to Kituvwi primary school which is over 10 kilometers from here,” she said.
According to the school’s head teacher Litaya Kyambi, the security of the pupils who used to walk long distances, some up to 15km, has improved and the parents are contented.
“This is a success story we want replicated in other areas because majority of the schools in Kitui South are dilapidated,” notes Kyambi.
However, Kyambi decried the serious shortage of teaching staff in the newly constructed learning institution.
“My school has remained understaffed. There are only four TSC teachers, including me, against a population of 114 pupils spread from class one to eight.
“The parents were forced to hire five more to mitigate the situation but there’s still dire need of extra staff,” he noted.
The head teacher urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to deploy more teachers to the school to ensure effective learning and better performance in national exams.
Area MP Rachael Nyamai lauded Holler Foundation for the philanthropic act and urged more donor agencies to aid in fighting poverty within her constituency.
“Kitui South has over 200 schools and most lack basic infrastructure owing to the dire poverty that characterises this region. I am committed to working with NGOs towards bettering lives of my constituents,” she appealed.
She revealed the CDF kitty also pumped Sh. 500,000 towards the Kitenzele primary school project and thanked the community for its invaluable input.