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School closed due to poor sanitation

15 January 2014, 11:41 Arap Yego

Bungoma - More than 600 pupils at a school in Mt Elgon District, Bungoma County, have been sent home indefinitely after local public health and sanitation officials ordered the immediate closure of the school barely a week after the pupils reported for their first term due to poor sanitation.

Kimobo Primary school was ordered closed Tuesday afternoon after an assessment by the health officers revealed that basic facilities at the school are wanting.

Speaking to journalists in Kapsokwony after issuing the order of closure, Mt Elgon District Public Health Officer, John Nyamongo said the lack of enough pit latrines and congestion in the available classrooms, which may pose a danger to the pupils in case of  an outbreak of diseases, necessitated their issue of the closure notice.

“The school, with a population of over 600 children, only has four pit latrines; some of the children have been forced to use the pit latrines of a nearby secondary school. It will remain closed until new pit latrines are constructed,” said Nyamongo, who noted that there is also need to build more classrooms as the existing ones are not adequate.

“Over 60 children are squeezed in the available classrooms in each of the classes, against the recommended 40.  Some of the classrooms have leaking roofs, exposing the learners to inhumane conditions especially during heavy rains,” said Nyamongo.

Emily Tawarar, the school head teacher, confirmed the receipt of the order of closure and appealed to well-wishers including the local area MP John Serut through the CDF kitty to intervene and assist the learning institution to set up the vital structures, and build classrooms noting that the school had not set budget for the same.

“This was an emergency; we are appealing to anybody who can assist to chip in and save the situation, so that the pupils may return to school and learn like their other colleagues in other parts of the country," said Tawarar.

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