Top school in need of Sh45m to put up classes

Kakamega County Chief Officer (Education), Dr Rita Ashioya (left) hands over a dummy cheque of Sh100,000 to St Peters Boys primary school -Mumias to head teacher, Sister Anne Onyancha (right-white dress) after it topped in 2018 KCPE in Kakamega County -Photo/Andrew Ombuni/County Guardian News



By Andrew Ombuni

A public primary school that emerged top in the county in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams is in need of Sh45 million to put up classes and dormitories to ease congestion.

St Peter’s Mumias Boys Boarding and Day Primary School, in last year’s KCPE exams posted a mean of 383.54 and took 169 pupils to national schools, 53 in extra county with only five joining county secondary schools. The school was established 90 years ago.

They need to put up additional classes has been necessitated by the increment in enrollment of pupils. The school currently has 1,601 pupils with six streams class.

Sister Anne Onyancha, the school’s headtecaher, during a thanksgiving ceremony at the school said the school urgently needs at least 10 more classes, a dormitory with a capacity of 200 beds and new pit latrines.

“Classes have been over stretched to an extend that some pupils take their lessons from the dining hall. For us to give the pupils quality education, they must learn in a conducive environment, “said Ms Onyancha

She said the school is understaffed and urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to consider posting more teachers to the school.

“We only have 32 teachers employed by TSC and 13 employed by the board of management. As per the Curriculum Based Competency (CBE) regulations, we are supposed to have between 40 and 50 teachers so as to take care of the ever increasing population,” said Onyancha.

The Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) chairman, Francis Masakhalia echoed the head teacher’s sentiments saying they are also have limited land and the only way to cushion them was by putting up storey building.

“As a result of the increased enrollment, land for expansion has now reduced and now the only savior is by putting up storey building that can act as classes, administration block and dormitories,” said Masakhalia.

Mumias Central MCA Charles Odanga said the 100 per cent government policy was the cause for the increased enrollment not only at St Peter’s Boys primary but in all public schools in the country.

“St Peter’s Boys Mumias primary has a special case. It’s the only public primary school we have that produces best students in the country. We are appealing to the Ministry of Education and well-wishers to help us in expanding the infrastructure   of the school,” said Mr Odanga.

Mumias West Sub County Director of Education, Thomas Mukabi, said the school is the best in the region and any help accorded to it will be appreciated, saying the ministry has limited resources.