(Education CS Prof George Magoha (centre) when he toured Bungoma DEB Primary on August 20, 2020. PHOTO CREDIT/BungomaOnline.co.ke).
Learning infrastructure at the densely-populated Bungoma D.E.B Primary School in Bungoma Town is set to improve after Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha pledged goodies from the National Government.
Speaking from the school grounds on Thursday 20th August, 2020, Prof Magoha affirmed that the national government will donate Sh2 million towards the construction of four classrooms.
This is after his countrywide tour to assess the preparedness of schools for re-opening amid the pandemic established that the school is not ready to re-open due to inadequate infrastructure.
“The government directive requires that we stand at least 1.5 metres from each other. This school has more than 3,000 pupils, making it difficult to observe social distancing,” said the former Kenya National Examination Council boss.
“We can’t risk the lives of our children when we are clearly not ready to re-open.”
Bungoma D.E.B and bitter rivals Moi D.E.B Primary Schools in Bungoma town are among the top ten most congested institutions in the country with over 80 children sharing a class against the required 40 per class.
Mr. Magoha also challenged area MP Wafula Wamunyinyi to allocate and extra budget to fund the school’s classrooms as well as desks for the children.
The CS used te opportunity to announce that schools will re-open in January after a six-month drama of uncertainty.
President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended all public and private learning in Kenya on Sunday 15th March, 2020 after the Ministry of Health confirmed the first Covid-19 case in Kenya.
Since then, the country has recorded a total of 31,015 cases out of which 17,612 have recovered with a sad 506 succumbing to the deadly respiratory disease.
A total of 22,627,039 cases have been confirmed across the globe with 15,340,282 recovering from the disease and 791,885 fatalities by the time of going to press.
Bungoma DEB is one of the best performing Primary Schools in the country, having produced some of the top performers in the national exams.
Earlier on, Mr. Magoha toured Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology where he asked parents to cooperate with the government in implementing community learning.
The no-nonsense CS also asked the community to stop politicizing the university leadership, a burden that has seen the institution mark two years without a Vice Chancellor.