More than 450 learners in Chebunyinyi ACK primary school in Kabuchai constituency Bungoma County are facing a bleak future if parents, area MP and Education stakeholders do not turn out and help the institution build new latrines.
Addressing the press, Maurice Wanyonyi, head teacher said that the school is operating with 4 latrines serving both primary and secondary sections. The school faces a challenge of less staffing.
He appealed to area MP Majimbo Kalasinga to help the school build new latrines, he added that the issue of latrines risks institution closure as he has received threats from public health officers.
“I have been warned by public health officers to move with speed and build new latrines but my hands are tight, I alone cannot raise funds to facilitate the same. I need support from well-wishers, “he said.
He said that the last time the school received funding from NG-CDF was in 2016 from by then the late MP James Mukwe.
Mr. Wanyonyi also pointed out that Chebunyinyi has been performing poorly in National tests but it’s in this year’s National examination when the first candidate scored over 300 marks.
“For the past seven years no Candidate has ever scooped over 300 marks in KCPE. I want to cooperate with parents and other stakeholders to recover the lost of this school,” he said.
He added that in the 2020 KCPE examination his school received a certificate from an education office stating that it’s the most improved school in Bungoma central asking parents and the community around the school to work together and realize better results in future years.
Public health officers have condemned the state of the school latrines and the kitchen as it risks the health of learner’s health.
He said an old boy of the school had started building an administration block but due to Covid-19 pandemic the project was installed due to lack of funding.
” The old alumni was getting funding from abroad to facilitate the building of the administration block but the spike of Covid-19 pandemic made the donor withdraw therefore we cannot leave it to that point other well-wishers should chip in and help us finish this project,” Wanyonyi said.
However, said that the road connecting Sikusi junction and the school is in a sympathetic state asking the Bungoma county government to intervene.
He added during heavy downpour many learners fail to report to school on a daily basis due to poor road networks in the area attributing it to poor performance in national exams.
Pamela Biketi, deputy head teacher who spoke to the media, appealed to the Teachers service commission to help the school get more teachers.
She asked well-wishers to help the school drill clean water for use which will to some extent serve the community around.