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Primary Schools in Kwania Seeking Funds to Rehabilitate Classrooms

The schools have only one permanent structure, a number of them were blown off by heavy rain accompanied by strong winds, leaving parents in dilemma should the government go-ahead to reopen schools.
P.2-P.4 Classroom block (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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Several schools in Kwania District are struggling to rehabilitate classrooms.

Some of the affected schools include Aninolal Primary School in Inomo Sub County, Abwong P.7 Schools in Akali Sub County, Owiny P.7 School in Nambieso Sub County, Aboko Primary School in Aduku Sub County and Punuatar.

The schools have only one permanent structure, a number of them were blown off by heavy rain accompanied by strong winds, leaving parents in dilemma should the government go-ahead to reopen schools.

At Punuatar Primary School in Ayabi Town Council, the school with an enrollment of 844 pupils has six classroom blocks that are dilapidated with a leaking roof and non-functional toilets. The school since its establishment in 1983 has never been renovated.

Kenneth Richard Ayo, the school headteacher says the school currently has only six functional dilapidated classroom blocks which cannot accommodate the overwhelming enrollment. He noted that the school has a budget estimate of 500 million shillings to rehabilitate the entire school structures and install sanitary facilities.

Ayo wants the government and well-wishers to come to their rescue.

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He noted that the lack of proper school structures has not only caused a spike in cases of school dropouts but also deteriorated educational performance.

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Tom Lakana Anang Odur, the Chairperson School Management Committee said the school is considering holding scientific fundraising to solicit funds for major renovations.

Andrew Omunu, Kwania District Education Officer says that several schools in the districts are operating in dilapidated structures. He says they had already put Punatar among schools lined up for major rehabilitation if funds are availed.

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Galdino Obwor, the Chairperson of the School Management Committee at Aninolal Primary School says the school has failed to source the required 40 million shillings to renovate the dilapidated school structures.