West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has said the government should’ve involved stakeholders before commencing the Kshs 1.9 billion school desks project. Speaking in West Pokot, Governor Lonyangapuo lauded the project which is set to be part of the post Covid-19 economic stimulus, but said the national government should’ve consulted KESSHA, education leaders, given that some schools need more than just desks, “There are schools you can give them desks yet they already have them.”
He said infrastructure in schools is more important, “Some schools have no buildings, yet you buy them desks, when it rains they are adversely affected. It’s not a must to disburse desks, we could’ve talked this trough first,” he said. He urged the Ministry of Education to allow Counties to improvise and see how best they can make good use of the resources, “I’m not obliged to make a metal seat if I know there is a cheaper one made of wood,” he said, adding that funds should also be used to purchase iron sheets for schools instead, “Iron sheets should’ve bene bought and parents told in advance to look for logs so that classes can be constructed. He noted that there isn’t sufficient space and classes in schools, and students still end up sharing the desks.