By David Kimani.
Nakuru, Kenya 29th June, 2016 – H.E the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has today said that his government will continue working with all primary and secondary public schools in the county to improve their infrastructures where the County Government of Nakuru can.
The Nakuru County Governor speaking in Langa Langa Primary, during the school’s AGM noted that learning facilities in most public schools in the county need a facelift as most of them were built in the 60s.
He said after a brief tour around the school that was started in 1964 and one of the biggest in Nakuru needs urgent intervention, promising to work with the area MCA and MP to mitigate the situation.
‘From our assessment and briefing by the head teacher together with his board of management, we have come to the conclusion that this school needs immediate help to aid in the renovation of classrooms, desks, toilet, and fence’, said Governor Mbugua.
He added, ‘just like we have teamed up with Flamingo MCA Hon. Moses Gichangi to renovate five classrooms, we are going to form a more formidable team by incorporating Nakuru East MP Hon. David Gikaria to do more work in this schools and others in Nakuru East Sub-County’.
Langa Langa Primary school headmaster Mr. Charles Kimani praised Governor Mbugua for extending a helping hand to the school even though the mandate of primary schools is the responsibility of the national government, noting that improving education standards in the county is an agenda close to the heart of the Governor.
Mr. Kimani appealed to Governor Mbugua to also help in the forging of partnerships that can improve facilities in the school, saying that the Free Primary Education funds advanced to the school are not sufficient for administration work as well maintain and developing learning infrastructures. Governor Mbugua accepted this request.
To demonstrate how overburdened the school’s facilities are, Langa Langa Primary has a population of 1496 pupils, 700 of these are girls who share only ten toilets, it means 70 girls use one toilet and this is way above the recommended Ministry of Education guidelines of 25 pupils to share one toilet.
Annastacia Kitheka, the Nakuru County Director of Education under the national government commended Governor Mbugua for providing direction on how both the national and county governments can team up to enhance education standards in the county.
Nakuru County KNUT Executive Secretary, Mungai Muhia said he has worked with Governor Mbugua on many education projects such as offering of bursaries to the needy, donation of uniforms among others adding that the Governor’s policies and projects go a long way in supporting education.
‘Governor Mbugua’s actions speak volumes of his support to education in the county and based on this teachers and parents, we have already given him a second term’, said Muhia.
Besides renovating the five classes in Flamingo Ward, the County Government of Nakuru has also built one ECDE class in Kimathi Primary School; in Lake View Primary; three ECDE classrooms rehabilitated, four newly constructed and Sanitation block construction is in progress. Two new ECDE classrooms have been constructed in Race Track and construction of an administration block budgeted for this financial year 2016/17. In Pangani Primary; three ECDE classrooms have been built.
On bursaries for the last three financial years, Ksh 6 million has been directed towards the education support of needy students in Flamingo Ward.
In the entire county, the County Government of Nakuru has channeled Ksh 275 million towards the support of 82, 272 needy students for secondary and post-secondary education; 25 polytechnics built, renovated and upgraded, 354 ECDE classrooms constructed within two years, in the last financial year 124 more were added.
Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko, CeC for Education Francis Mathea, his counterpart for Roads, Transport and Public Works Maina Kairu among other county officials.