Written by Rosemary Wachiye
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One of the classroom at Chebosi Primary school that was among the 7 that were destroyed over the weekend after heavy down pour. [PHOTO | Rosemary Wachiye | West Fm]
800 pupils of Chebosi Salvation Army Primary School in Webuye Constituency have been rendered hopeless, after roofs of 7 classrooms were blown off late Sunday evening by strong winds and rain.
Speaking to West Fm the Deputy Head teacher at the school Mr.Joseck Wandabwa explained that the unexpected incidence has left the pupils without a place to learn from leaving them with no option than to study under trees which is a big inconvenience in this rainy season.
“The classrooms have been left in bad shape and no learning can take place in them hence the pupils will be forced to learn under trees which will lead them to cut short studies whenever it’s about to rain,” said Mr.Wandabwa.
Mr.Wandabwa stated that the buildings were vulnerable to destruction following their old age that led to the removal of the already rusted and shattered iron sheets causing the bricks that make up the walls to fall apart.
He revealed that since the initiation of Constituency Development Fund kitty, the school has never received any disbursement and has been experiencing financial constraints amid trying to facilitate every activity in the school on itself.
The school accommodates over 1,200 pupils of Early Childhood Development all through to class 8 has now only one building left.
Mr.Wandabwa has called upon the CDF board of Webuye Constituency and other well wishers to come forth and assist in reconstructing the classrooms so that learning can resume.
“We only hear of CDF money from other schools but for us here at Chebosi, we have never received any single cent from the kitty and yet we are also entitled to it just like other schools in the region,” said Mr.Wandabwa.
A nearby toilet belonging to Chebosi S.A secondary school was destroyed after a nearby tree fell on it during the heavy down pour.
He expresses his relief that the incidence happened when the pupils were away for the weekend, since it would have been risky in case it had taken place when they were in their normal learning session.
Speaking on the same issue, the Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) Executive Secretary for Bungoma East District Mr. Aggrey Namisi challenged the area Member of Parliament to visit the scene and verify for himself the suffering of his people.
Mr.Namisi stated that every child had a right to attain education and it would be very unfair incase others would be forced to seek it in tougher conditions than the rest of them.
“Constituency Development Fund has cash set aside for emergencies, let them disburse those funds to assist the affected pupils achieve their goal in life,” said Mr.Namisi.
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