Girls’ school in Cherangani to be closed after it was damaged by rain storm
Written by Leonard Wamalwa
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A girl’s secondary school in Cherangani constituency might be forced to close early this term without sitting for end term examinations after activities were disrupted by a strong storm that demolished roofs of a dormitory, the administration block, the matron's house and one of the teacher's quarters.
Friends Bwake girls secondary that was established less than a year ago after being separated from the Friends Bwake Boys is in fear of having over 200 students leave early enough for lacking accommodation and other services that are supposed to enhance their learning process.
According to the school Principal Margaret Malovi, over 80 girls who stay in the affected dormitory might not be comfortable to stay in the dorm whose roof was destroyed if the rains set on now.
"If the rains start now, we shall be forced to close down the school because the girls will not have a place to sleep due to the open roof," the principal told reporters at the school.
She said that there is also fear of important documents being destroyed in the rain season hence the school needs urgent aid to restore normalcy and have the learning process continue normally.
Bwake Girls principal Margaret Malovi
The principal said that one of the affected buildings needs a total overhaul of the roof due to its old structure which she said might not be safe to repair the iron sheets and tiles alone.
She has therefore, appealed to different donors including the area CDF kitty, the ministry of education among others to respond to their aid as a matter of urgency so that the school's activities are not halted.
The appeal comes barely a week after two schools a primary and secondary in the neighboring Marakwet West district had a similar problem that seems to be rampant along the Cherangani Hills.