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KWS plans to assist schools around parks

21 March 2013, 14:33 James Kabotia

Kenya Wildlife Service has commissioned the Partnership for Accountability in Schools Management Around Parks (PASMAP) project in Laikipia West District in a bid to enhance quality education.

KWS in partnership with Trust for African Schools (TAS) commissioned two classrooms at Mwituria Secondary School which boarders the Ol Pejeta animal ranch.

According to Vincent Ongwae an assistant warden II at the Laikipia KWS station, the project is geared towards working with residents of Mwituria location so as to make them understand the importance of wildlife.

Ongwae says that Laikipia has over the past years witnessed cases of human-wildlife conflict especially along conservation areas but PASMAP project has really helped enhance participation of local communities and social society in the management of education and wildlife conservation management.

The director added that the project was for the first time piloted in Laikipia at Mwituria School, adding that ever since its inceprion in 2007, seven schools around Mwingi National Reserve, Kora National Park and Meru National Park have benefited.

Speaking to the media during the commissioning of the two classes, the school Principal David Muchemi said that the humble school conducted its first KSCE exam in 2012 and that one of them scored a grade of B pain.

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“Despite the challenges faced, I am proud that for the first time we managed to produce a good grade. KWS has made us realize this achievement by building classes and providing desks and chairs to us,” said Muchemi.

He said that the school had a mean grade of D+ from the 15 candidates who had registered for the exam.

Muchemi however said that the school is in acute shortage of teachers to cater for the current population of 137 students.

Ongwae further said that the programme is also looking forward to offering conservation lessons to the students.

The occasion was also presided over by the school management committee and board of governors.

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