Musa FYM Primary School in dire need of financial aid
Written by Rosemary Wachiye
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A classroom that has been partitioned to have both the staff room and a classroom with reed at the Musa FYM school. Photos/ Rosemary Wachiye
Musa FYM Primary School in Ndivisi location, Sinoko Sub location in Webuye desperately needs financial assistance to repair and upgrade its dilapidated building.
The school lacks classrooms for the 600 pupils to learn from which spells trouble during this rainy season as the available sheds they use are in bad shape with poor roofs and no mud floors which accumulate water when it rains.
“We don’t have enough classrooms forcing the class 5 and 7 to learn under tents that are torn and worn out, ECD pupils learn under trees while class 4 and 3 learn in a partitioned room which they share with the staff room and the headmaster’s office,” said Mr.Vinicent Murumba, a teacher at the school.
Mr.Murumba reveals that lack of desks forces more than 6 pupils to squeeze to fit on one desk which is not a conducive state to learn in.
The school’s senior teacher, Mr. Paul Nyongesa also adds that despite the pupils learning under tough conditions, teachers as well face huge challenges of having to teach so many pupils in a classroom following the high enrollment in the school.
The teachers go ahead to complain over the lack of motivation through low pay and having to work under hard conditions to fulfill their career goal.
Pupils in a mud floored classroom with water logged in a corner
"It’s disheartening to teach under such poor conditions where the pupil’s lack books and room for them to fully concentrate in class and yet, still our pay is low,” said Mr.Nyongesa.
Despite being a government sponsored school, Mr.Nyongesa reveals that the school has never received the Free Primary Education funds since being promoted into that category from being private sponsored for a year in January 2012.
Musa FYM was first set up as a private sponsored school 2 years ago, after its good performance in the 2011 District Mock where it emerged position 47 out of 109, it was elevated into a public school.
“Our pupils lack books and funding and yet they deserve to get the same facilitation like any other pupils in other public schools and we don’t understand why we have never received the funding,” said Mr.Nyongesa.
The school lacks toilet facilities with only a leaves structure with no roof and a wide deep hole set up in a corner of the compound for that use.
“The school only has one toilet which is meant to serve all the 600 pupils and the teachers, we call for the government through the Education Ministry to assist in every way to see to it that our pupils learn under better conditions,” said Mr.Nyongesa.
The only structure at the school that is used as a pit latrine for the pupils and teachers.
He has called upon the area MP Alfred Sambu to visit the school and witness the state as well as show concern for the innocent pupils in the school who are in search for education but through endless challenges.