A total of 248 pupils at Mukangu Primary School in Matete, Kakamega County have been affected after heavy rainfalls caused wanton destruction at the institution.
Speaking to West Media on behalf of the school’s head teacher Mrs. Salome Juma, the senior teacher, Mrs.
Alice Khaemba, narrated how five mud-walled classes were completely destroyed by the heavy rainfalls, which have been pounding the area for better part of the week.
She said those affected classrooms are used by grade one to grade five pupils adding that had the incident happened when the classes were in session, there could have been death casualties.
“We thank God no causalities were reported because the incident happened at night and we just learnt of it in the morning,” said Mrs. Khaemba.
A spot check by West Media revealed the catastrophe caused the walls holding the affected classrooms to collapse.
Following the incident, the department of education in Matete has directed the affected pupils to remain at home until further notice.
However, according to the school’s Parents Association chair Samuel Yawa, the directive by the Ministry of Education is unsympathetic to their children whom he said will miss a lot if they stay at home for the remaining part of the year.
Mr. Yawa said the dire situation has compelled the school to device temporary strategies in order for all learning activities to continue by conducting classes under tree shades during morning hours when the weather is favorable and release the pupils in the noon or anytime they see signs of rainfall. “And as you can witness pupils in different levels are now learning under trees,” pointed out Mr. Yawa.
Faced with the complex situation, the school management has called upon the Kakamega County government and the national government as well as any other well wisher to urgently come to the aid of the institution.