Pupils study in the open as wind sweeps away class roofs

Pupils of Yonda Karwigi Primary School, Mbeere South Sub County are being forced to study in the open after the roofs of their classrooms were swept away by rainstorm over the weekend.

Five classrooms, mostly the lower classes, were affected with property valued at more than Sh.2 million destroyed in the Saturday incident.

The School Head teacher, Antony Njeru said around 100 pupils have been affected, adding that the situation has disrupted studying at the school, given that they were finalising this year’s syllabuses.

He said the situation was dire given the rainy season that has already commenced in the region, exposing pupils to the risks of cold weather.

Roofs were swept away, desks destroyed and classrooms walls developed cracks. We are stranded as to whether the allow pupils to continue studying in the open or to squeeze the pupils in other classrooms, he said.

The ECDE class, two upper primary and three lower primary classes have been affected.

The school head has appealed for help to renovate the classes to allow normalcy in the learning environment.

The Mbeti South MCA, Mureithi Kiura and his Makima counterpart, Philip Nzangi called on the county government to use part of the money set aside as disaster fund to help the school.

Kiura said pupils were suffering in the cold and observed that the disaster fund should be released as fast as possible to aid the school, for normalcy to return.

We hope the county government comes to the aid of the school as we can’t allow our children to suffer in the cold. Renovations should be done this week so that pupils can be able to complete their yearly syllabuses, said Kiura.

The school has about 350 pupils.

Source: Kenya News Agency