Students in Trans Nzoia return to school despite existing challenges

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Grade 4 pupils in class

As Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students flocked back to school on Monday, some schools in Trans Nzoia are still grappling with several challenges which might affect learning.

At Chetoto primary school, all the Class 8 candidates, totaling 66, reported back while out of 67 students in Grade 4, only 44 students reported back with headteacher Samson Njenga calling upon parents to take their kids to school.

He pointed out the several challenges the school is facing including the lack of adequate toilets and enough water. He also said they haven’t received desks as promised by the government, and Class 8 candidates have been forced to share desks.

Class 8 candidates sharing desks

He further noted that the school lacks thermo guns for checking body temperature, and blamed the government for not releasing funds on time. “We don’t have thermo guns and this situation was necessitated by the government’s inability to release funds on time to purchase them.”

He however thanked the parents for taking good care of the Class 8 pupils who reported to school despite the different challenges faced at home. He assured them that the right environment will be created for the children at school, adding that teachers have observed all the government’s Covid-19 directives and are ready to resume teaching.