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School yet to re-open for second term

28 May 2013, 16:21 Arap Yego

A Primary School in Mt Elgon that was closed two weeks ago after pit latrines in the institution sunk has not yet re-opened, sending fears among the school community that the continued closure will affect the performance of the class eight candidates.

More than 580 pupils of Kongit Primary School in Kaptama Location were sent home barely a week after they reported back for second term, after the pit latrines used by teachers and pupils collapsed following a heavy downpour.

Mt. Elgon District Public Health Officer John Nyamongo ordered the closure of the learning institution to prevent an outbreak of diseases due to poor sanitation.

“The school will remain closed until new pit latrines are constructed. The school gate will be opened for the learners once we are satisfied that the latrines constructed are sufficient,” said Nyamongo.

The school Head Teacher Alex Kimtai said that they had complied with the order issued by the Public Health Officers.

He said they sent out an appeal to the Ministry of Education and that of Special Programmes as well as well-wishers to intervene and assist the learning institution set up the vital structures, but no help has been forthcoming.

“Nobody has stepped forth to assist us; we are worried that the continued absence of pupils from school, especially those in standard seven  and the candidates in class eight will be affected,” said Kimtai.

Journalists have established that teachers at the learning institution have been forced to discreetly conduct makeshift classes for class eight candidates in three churches near the school.

Former Mt. Elgon County Council Chairman Amos Tulgon, who is a parent at the school, appealed to well-wishers to step in and assist the school construct the latrines to enable the pupils go back to school.

“This was an emergency; we are appealing to anybody who can assist to chip in and save the situation so that the pupils who have been at home for the past two weeks go back to school,” said Tulgon.

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