Cracked Gatundu school to be rebuilt

Kaibere Primary School in Gatundu North, which was condemned after cracks started emerging on its walls, will be rebuilt.Thishas affected the learning of pupils since they take classes in corridors and in the field.

Anna Nyokabi the Kiambu woman representative visited the school on Friday and raised the issue with Fred Matiang’i, the Education Cabinet Secretary , who has pledged to have the school rebuilt.

Nyokabi said she spoke with MP Kigo Njenga, who said CDF will use the emergency fund to start the construction as the Treasury makes arrangements to release more funds. The cracks on the school walls started emerging in 2009.

The school management board has unsuccessfully tried to source funds for repairs from the Education ministry and the CDF, said chairman Joseph Macharia Kamau.

The school was started by former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta in 1968.

Kiambu county Administration and Public Finance chief officer Dominic Gicheru accompanied the MP and stated that the county will source funds to buy extra repair material.

When it rains, the 248 pupils and their teachers take classes on the verandah.The classrooms and staff-room were condemned in January, after long cracks were seen on walls and floors. The school has dilapidated buildings which engineers say are no longer safe.

Six of the school’s eight classrooms that accommodated 180 pupils have been condemned. Pupils and teachers said they suffer as a result of being rained on.

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