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Lives Threatened as School Maintains Cracked Structures in Kween

The school, one of the two government-aided primary institutions in the lower belt of Kween district started in 2008 as a community facility serving the sub-counties of Sundet, Giligi and part of Ngenge. But due to poor infrastructure, the number of pupils has dwindled from 1,000 in 2012 to less than 400 pupils today.
22 Feb 2020 16:32
A cracked building at Greek River Primary School

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Greek River Primary School in Kween district is operating in cracked and dilapidated buildings, putting the lives of learners and teachers at great risk.

The buildings which were constructed with the help of Action Aid were commissioned in 2012. However, they started developing cracks in 2014 and are now on the verge of collapsing. 

The school, one of the two government-aided primary institutions in the lower belt of Kween district started in 2008 as a community facility serving the sub-counties of Sundet, Giligi and part of Ngenge. But due to poor infrastructure, the number of pupils has dwindled from 1,000 in 2012 to less than 400 pupils today.  

Jackson Musobo, a Primary Seven Teacher says that parents in the community have withdrawn their children over the years, for fear that the buildings will collapse on them. He says he has also shifted his classroom lessons to a nearby Church to save the lives of his learners and himself.

“How would I risk my life and my learners in those classrooms which may even break as we are speaking now, ” he asked.  

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The headteacher of the school Fred Mangusho who joined the school last year says that teachers equally fear to conduct lessons in cracked classrooms.  As a result, many have found refuge in trees, where they conduct lessons as they try to avoid the delicate structure.

“The classrooms are not safe for learning, the first day I entered this school I felt scared and wondered how I would conduct lessons in classrooms that will one time claim our lives,” he said. 

He said that he has raised concerns about the bad state of the school and asked the district authorities to demolish the cracked buildings in vain.  

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David Ayeko, the councillor of Nyiliti parish in Sundent sub-county says children within the sub-county have to move more than 15 kilometres to Ngenge sub-county to access education in Chepusikunya Primary School.  

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Beatrice Ayiliti, a resident of Giligi sub-county said it has become very expensive for their children to access education from the nearby sub-counties.

Kween District Education Officer Michael Cherotich told URN that the district administration is planning to break down the structures. He said that the Education office and the Chief Administrative officer is writing a report on the school that will be presented to council for a permanent solution. 

He attributed the cracking to the bad soils in the lower belt of Kween district which contract during the rainy season and expand when it shines. 

"We know the challenges in that school and we are very much concerned. We want to present a document to the council such that we can find solutions," Cherotichi said.

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