(A wide view of the pupils at Bungoma D.E.B Primary School in Bungoma town and their Head-teacher Mr. Tobias Khisa (right). IMAGE CREDIT/BungomaOnline.co.ke)
Bungoma DEB Primary School in Bungoma has called on the government to support its infrastructural development ahead of the re-opening of schools.
Speaking to Nation.Africa on Thursday, School headteacher Mr. Tobias Khisa, stated that the school is struggling with inadequate infrastructure even as the ministry lays plans for the re-opening of learning institutions since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“At Bungoma D.E.B Primary school in Kanduyi Constituency, we have a population of 3,334 pupils sharing only 48 classroom, which means a single classroom houses above 100 pupils,” said Mr. Khisa.
According to the head teacher, the huge number was attributed to the 100 per cent transition as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We are grateful to Education CS George Magoha who recently gave us Sh2 million to set up new classrooms during his visit at the school, but we feel it’s a drop in the ocean,” he added.
Khisa noted that the school needs 20 more classrooms to the current 48 but the Sh2 million is only enough to put up two classrooms.
Khisa also says that the situation is worse in terms of sanitation as the school has 1,699 girls sharing 22 toilets with the 1,635 boys sharing 20 toilets.
Khisa also noted water as another major challenge, citing unreliable water supply by the Nzowasco.
He urged the County Government to drill water in the school, to boost water supply and improve sanitation during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Bungoma D.E.B is the second most populated Primary school in the whole country after Olympic Primary School in Kibra Constituency, Nairobi.
The school is also facing a shortage of teachers with only 70 teachers serving the entire enrollment.