Bus shade, tents made classrooms in Langa Langa school
SEE ALSO :DNA test for baby claimed by 2 couplesImmense pressure The chairman of Kenya Schools Heads Association (KESHA), Nakuru branch Fredrick Mbuthia said the 100 per cent transition policy had put immense pressure on teaching facilities and could hamper the quality of learning in public secondary schools. “The ministry did not plan in advance how to handle the increase in admissions. We have schools in Nakuru that have recorded more than 100 per cent increase in form one admissions. This will clearly overstretch the facilities,” said Mr Mbuthia. Sub-county schools, he said, were the most affected after head teachers were directed to admit all learners without considering availability of infrastructure. The affected schools were not given money for expansion. “Sub-county schools are the ones making 100 per cent transition a reality because they admit learners from low income families,” he said. At Afraha, where Mbuthia is the principal, each Form One class has up to 70 students against the standard 45. The school has 1,200 students taught by 45 teachers, three paid by parents. The school owes suppliers more than Sh500,000 for supply of desks for new students. According to the head teacher, the Government should allow schools to use part of its funds meant for repair of infrastructure to purchase desks. At Lake Bogoria Girls Secondary School, students take meals in the open after the dining hall was converted into a dormitory. A number of students study inside a tent. The school principal Jean Ngaywa said enrollment of Form One students rose from 70 to 180, overstretching classrooms and dormitories. “Our girls understand challenges we are facing. We have spoken to them to adapt to the changes so long as they attain quality education,” she said. Ms Ngaywa said the National Government Constituencies Development Fund had promised to put up a new dormitory at the school that is renowned for hosting girls rescued from early marriages and female genital mutilation. In Kericho High School, the principal, Daniel Chelule, said an additional 40 Form One students were admitted on top of 288-capacity. This forced the institution to convert rooms ordinarily used to teach optional subjects into full-time classrooms.
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