Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua has accused Education Ministry of turning a blind eye to the sorry state of schools in the County citing cases where pupils learn under trees.
Speaking when he launched construction of permanent classrooms for mud-walled Kemwaa primary school in Kitui East, Wambua said the State had neglected learning institutions in his home county.
“Pupils here learn within dilapidated structures and even under trees yet their parents pay taxes just like other Kenyans whose children school in decent institutions. This is unacceptable since education is a national government’s function.
“I don’t understand why we should have such schools in my county yet there are better ones in counties where CS George Magoha and his PS Belio Kipsang come from,” said the Senator.
He also wondered how the pupils who learnt under such indignity were expected to fairly compete with their counterparts from well-endowed schools.
The legislator urged the Education Ministry to swiftly address infrastructural challenges ailing the education sector in Kitui in order to guarantee better learning facilities for school going children.
Kemwaa parents regretted continued neglect of their school by successive regimes.
“We have never received infrastructural assistance since we started the school in 2012. We were forced to erect mud-walled classroom but the school is in a deplorable state,” said John Ngau.
They also decried inadequate teaching staff and pleaded with TSC to deploy more teachers to the public school.
“We have hired five PTA teachers and ecery parents contributes Sh.4,700 annually to cater for their wages. It’s a heavy burden for us given the prevailing levels of poverty we live in,” lamented Mariam Musyoka.
Senator Wambua donated building materials including cement and iron sheets as well as a cheque to aid in construction of permanent structures for the school which has a population of 200 pupils.