December 4, 2022

More than 400 pupils of Rweya Primary School have been locked out of the institution 16 months after the ultra-modern centre was put up at a cost of Ksh99 million.

The pupils have been learning in a temporary structure constructed opposite their new school since 2015 and were clueless about whether they’d move into the modern institution or not.

Rweya Primary School is one of the beneficiaries of a Ksh4.5 billion Kisumu urban project funded through a loan to the Kenyan government by the French Development Agency. 

The completed Rweya Primary School. The contractor accused the county government of not being ready to take over the institution.

On October 2, 2018, concerned parents accused Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s administration of sidelining them in the management of the newly built school that is now being taken over by overgrown weeds. 

They protested fruitless promises about the opening of the new centre, noting that their children were learning in unbearable conditions in the cramped temporary structures.  

“In the last meeting we attended, workers at the site warned us against entering the compound. They told us to wait for the day they would hand over the keys to us. We are still waiting,” Joseph Oguya, a parent and a member of the school’s management board stated.

“The temporary classrooms measure about 10 square feet. There are classes with more than 50 pupils. This congestion is not only bad for the health of the pupils but also not conducive for teaching and learning,” Joseph reported. 

Another parent claimed that the supervisors of the construction works were clueless about why the school was uncopied to date.

Other schools that were constructed at the same time as Rweya are already occupied by pupils. 

They include Angira and Got Nyabondo primary schools within Kajulu Ward, which cost Ksh78.5 million and Ksh77 million respectively, Rota Primary School in South West Kisumu Ward that cost Ksh75 million and Thim Bonde Primary in North Ward that cost Ksh70.8 million. The four schools are occupied. 

As Rweya Primary School remains unoccupied to the detriment of the pupils, the contractor and the management of Kisumu City Council are locked in blame games. 

The contractor claims the county government is hesitant to take over the institution while the county government maintained that the builders haven’t finished a few final touches on the building.  

Kisumu Governor dancing with ECD teachers earlier in the year. The teachers were given a pay rise.
Kisumu Governor dancing with ECD teachers earlier in the year. The teachers were given a pay rise.

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