Close to 160 pupils at Frank Primary School, Lugari ward in Lugari sub county Kakamega County have been rendered helpless after heavy rainfalls which was accompanied by strong winds caused wanton destruction at the institution, destroying classes. Speaking to West Media, the school’s head teacher, Ms. Josephine Ombisa, narrated how four mud-walled classes were destroyed after the roofs were ripped off and hurled several meters away in the Saturday evening incident.
The head teacher said fortunately there were no injuries as the incident occurred over the weekend when pupils were at home. “Had it happened during the normal school days we could be talking of casualties, but it is just by luck it happened on a weekend,” she said adding that the roof was thrown several meters away landing on the nearby power lines causing blackout in the area.
She said the affected classrooms are those used by pupils in grade one to four regretting that the school which reached standard eight last year and registered as examination center lacked classrooms with pupils being forced to squeeze in tiny mud walled structures constructed by parents.
However, Ms. Ombisa together with the school management committee have appealed to area leaders, both the national and County government of Kakamega as well as well-wishers to come to the aid of the school arguing that already the school was facing shortage of classrooms and that the state of the mud classrooms was pathetic and failed to provide appropriate learning environment for both teachers and pupils.
“Since it started this school has received funding from NG-CDF once and that was way back in 2014 and the money was used to put up one classroom which is the only permanent structure in this compound, since it has never received any help,” said Ms. Ombisa adding that if no positive feedback was received it was going to be difficult for learning to go on at the school.