A Murang’a school re-opens after meeting health standards

Ministry of Education has ordered a private secondary school in Murang’a to re-open after meeting required health standards.

The Management of Grace Secondary school in Makuyu was asked to recall their students who were sent home three weeks ago after the Ministry closed the institution due to poor sanitation standards.

Two weeks after starting of first term, students of the school protested over poor sanitation and congestion in dormitories among other grievances forcing local education officers to close the school.

The Quality and Standards officers from Murang’a South Education office gave the directive after the school’s management rehabilitated areas that had been identified pathetic.

On January 17, the students, including those newly admitted to Form One, walked out of the school in protest after the management failed to address their concerns since last year.

The Murang’a South Education Officer, Ms. Edith Kariuki on Wednesday directed the school to re-open after her office was satisfied that the conditions set had been met.

She also warned the management that if hygiene standards declined again, the school would be closed without notice.

Investigations ordered by County Director of Education, Charles Khiyira confirmed students’ fears of a filthy compound, stagnant waste water and blocked toilets in the compound hence foul smell.

The learners, among them this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates, had complained of lack of text books despite having paid for them and that some teachers were not registered by Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

An investigations report in our possession reads in part, There was no evidence of roll call for learners during the evening while most of the teachers were not registered with Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

When sought for comments, the school’s management remained tight lipped over the issue.

Source: Kenya News Agency