When one takes a quick look at Wangwiu Primary school, they can mistake the learning center for an abandoned extended family especially when the pupils are in class or on a weekend when silence has prevailed.
Learning needs motivation especially in regions where climatic conditions are harsh. The environment should be enabling for learners to fully concentrate on their studies not a torturous environment.
Wangwiu Primary school in Nuu ward, Mwingi East sub county might discourage a pupil’s dream following the the ‘ruthless’ environment they study in.
A major challenge facing the school is infrastructure. Pupils conduct their 45 minutes lessons inside mud walled classrooms with “ventilations” all over .
Early Childhood education is a nightmare to the little stars who have to sit on floor and place a book on their knees while writing for lack of desks.
The dusty floors are posing health hazards to the young professors, medics, engineers among other ‘I will become a pilot when I grow up.’
According to the Ecde teacher, Madam Doris Paul, the crystal clear challenges in her class need to be dealt with with immediate effect to enable a conducive learning environment for the babies.
“the floor is very dusty this exposing our pupils to recurring common colds among other diseases,” the teacher complained.
“the blackboard is too small to write any detailed information and the building is also in a pathetic shape. It has holes all over,” added teacher Doris
Once the baby class pupils have had their lunch, as usual in other schools, the poor children spread their sacks(which also serve as their desks) well to catch a nap, obviously not a royal one.
According to the budget chair, Boniface Kilaa, in the recent flopped supplementary budget, the County Executive scraped off Ksh. 40 Million allocated for Ecde classrooms.
So who will come to the rescue of these poor pupils who are carrying a cross heavier than they can bear?
The upper classes are also in a bad shape where some pupils study seated on the floor for lack of enough desks not forgetting the hole patched muddy walls and a small piece of blackboard too.
The staffroom, a place where teachers should be comfortable conducting their normal daily official duties, is somewhere under a scantly leafed tree. Which is also the parking lot for one teacher’s motorbike.
The school head teacher, Madam Elizabeth urged both governments to swiftly step in and help solve the situation for the benefit of the children.
“the school is capable of excelling but the hardships are our barriers,” said the soft spoken head of school who is also a pastor.
However the area MP, Gideon Mulyungi who visited the school allocated Ksh. 300,000 for immediate kick off of construction of better classrooms urging the county government to act fast and save the PP1 pupils from the unhealthy learning environment.