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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Siaya primary school with open air classrooms

Nyajuok Primary School in South Alego, Siaya county has applied for funds to build additional classrooms from area CDF and other government sources without success, the school management has announced.
The school’s headteacher Charles Ochieng’ and the management committee said 260 pupils of the ECD classes learn under trees. The classrooms have between 80 and 100 pupils, far beyond 40 pupils as recommended by the ministry of Education.
The school is in a semi-arid area with acute shortage of water and scorching sun. The 5km earth road to the school from Bondo-Siaya road also becomes impassable during the rainy season, as the stream down the school swells, forcing pupils living across to miss classes for about three weeks annually.
Some of the community members who work in major towns have helped source for assistance for water and sanitation, and to start a secondary school next to the primary. 
“The only assistance for building classrooms we have so far received is from Kenya Charity Sweepstake, first in 2004 and then this year,” said Ochieng. The classrooms were built 60 years ago and have rusted iron sheets and gaping cracks on the walls.
A community member who did not want to be named said the school has been skipped for CDF funding, because some of its key supporters do not campaign for politicians.
County commissioner Caroline Onchoka visited the school to issue Sh300,000 Kenya Charity Sweepstake cheque, and advised the school management not to give up on sourcing for assistance. “I and other government officers present here have heard the problems of the school and the community, and we shall discuss them soonest,” she said.