Community frustrates efforts to convert classrooms into latrines
06 February 2015, 11:00
Murang'a - An attempt to convert classrooms to latrines at Gitugu Primary School in Murang’a County has been met with scorn by the local community.
Public health officials in the County had threatened to close down the school over poor hygiene and even earmarked one of the classroom blocks for conversion into latrines. But the local community is up in arms.
The school headteacher, Wilson Ndaiga was among those propagating the conversion of the classrooms into latrines. But the move has faced massive resistance from the community and the county administration.
“Having more toilets would help us address the sanitary challenges we are facing. The idea was floated to parents and they overwhelmingly supported it,” said Ndaiga.
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The headteacher however denied claims that he supported the health officials recommendation to close the school, arguing that what he proposed was only the construction of more latrines on the disused classroom block.
But Murang’a Governor, Mwangi wa Iria scoffed at the proposed construction of latrines on classroom blocks arguing that it would be detrimental in the future as his administration seeks to increase enrolment.
“What we should be talking about is construction of boarding facilities in some of these primary schools,” said Wa Iria.
The Governor further pledged to provide funds for construction of new latrines at the school.
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