The government has launched a program to decongest overcrowded primary schools in Voi sub-county by building new schools and increasing the number of classrooms in existing schools to accommodate the growing number of learners.
The latest open educational institution in the region is Mwambani Primary School in Kasighau region, which is expected to accommodate learners from several villages while easing massive pressure from Bughuta Primary School. The latter has more than 850 learners.
Speaking as he commanded three classrooms at Mwambani Primary School, Voi MP Jones Mlolwa called the project a double success, noting that it would resolve overcrowding at Bughuta Primary School. while preventing young learners from having to walk more than six kilometers each morning to get to school.
“The opening of this school allowed us to kill two birds with one stone. We have reduced the time and distance used to get to school and started the decongestion process at Bughuta Primary School, ”he said. The school is funded by the National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
The Interim School Committee was tasked with starting the process of collecting the necessary documents for the registration of the new institution.
The MP said the new school was in line with the government’s plan to expand existing infrastructure and build new schools with the aim of decongesting educational institutions across the country. He asked local administrators to work closely with the community to ensure parental involvement to help the school attract more learners.
Voi Sub-County Education Director Silvester Kiilu stressed the importance of building schools in rural and disadvantaged areas to improve enrollment. He assured residents of continued support to ensure that school resumes fully.
He further noted the challenges and security threats learners faced as they walked long distances to school.
“We are grateful that our children who walked more than six kilometers to school in Bughuta can now access education close to their homes, thus avoiding total fatigue and various threats on the roads,” said he declared.
However, he cautioned parents against transferring their children who were already enrolled in other schools until the new institution is fully registered. He pointed out that learners had unique numbers assigned by the Ministry of Education that would be unassignable until the new school was registered.
Mr. John Mnyamwezi, acting president of the school, said the institution was long overdue. He added that hundreds of children in the village traveled long distances to access education at Bughuta Primary School, which was the closest school.
He also said local learners faced a myriad of dangers, including threats from wild animals lurking in the thick bush. He cited the herds of elephants that strayed from Tsavo National Park as a risk to learners who took paths through the bush to get to school.
“The school is now closer to the homes from which these children come. We are happy as parents that the risk to wildlife has been reduced, ”he said.
The NG-CDF intends to build a fence around the school in order to enhance the safety of learners and teachers in the school.
Other educational institutions where additional classrooms are being built to address overcrowding include Mwanyambo Primary School with over 1,000 learners and Voi Primary School.
By Raphew F Mukuyia