Accommodation crisis in Kisumu schools as Form Ones enrolled

Friday, May 6th, 2022 07:23 | By

Schools in Kisumu County were yesterday struggling to cope with the large number of learners reporting to Form One.

There was a high turnout in various schools in the county on the second day of the Form One admissions. At Kisumu Girls High School, at least five classrooms had been converted into dormitories to accommodate the new students.

“I want to say that the population we have currently cannot fit in our dorms but we have converted some five classrooms which are in a good state to act as temporary dorms,” said Rose Odhiambo, a teacher in charge of boarding at the school.

Tabitha Onditi, the school’s Deputy Principal in charge of administration, said they expect over 400 students, with more than 200 already admitted.

The principal said the school would not turn away students who do not report with all the requirements, including those who do not have full school fees.

She, however, urged parents to clear fee balances as soon as possible. “We are requesting parents to cooperate and pay the first term fees which is Sh22,500 so that we are able to settle down and embark on learning,” she said.

Stretched to limit At Lions High School more than 300 students have already been admitted. According to School Principal Eudia Oyier, they expect 750 new students but the school does not have enough classrooms to accommodate them all.

“We do not have enough classrooms to accommodate the Form Ones but we have tents,” she said. At Kisumu Boys, over 600 students are expected to be admitted by today.

The acting Principal Erick Duya said their facilities were already stretched to the limit but they were putting in place modalities to accommodate all the Form Ones. He said the school lacks adequate classrooms.

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