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Thika schools undergo renovation amid COVID-19

By Mathew Ndungu
Thursday, May 28th, 2020

As learners continue to take a break from studies since the outbreak of Covid-19, most schools in Thika, Kiambu County are receiving a major face lift after they were found to be dilapidated. 

The major program is aimed at boosting the learning environment.

Among the schools under renovation are Kenyatta Primary, Kamenu Primary, Ngoliba primary among many other that were previously uninhabitable for learners.

Most schools in the sub county lack perimeter walls, gates, have broken windows panes, very bad floors, while most classes lack doors.

According to Kamenu primary school headteacher Leah Mburu, the school that has a population of over 2,000 pupils, good structures including fences will prevent bhang sellers who were hitherto making and selling the rolls behind classes.

Further, teachers said that the good look of schools will motivate learners to work hard thereby improving on their performance.

"We are hopeful that with the new look of our schools, even attendance will improve," said Mrs Mburu.

Speaking when he inspected renovation process at various schools, area MP Engineer Patrick Wainaina said many schools were last maintained over 20 years ago.

In their condition, Wainaina said that learners cannot concentrate during studies and they most often find themselves on the losing end.

In the 56 schools across the vast Constituency, 45 of them, both primary and secondary have been renovated and are now habitable for learning.

To further support candidates expected to sit their final exams, Wainaina said that 15,000 of them have received full set revision materials in form of exams to keep their minds alert.

So far, most candidates have received the hard copy materials while others have downloaded them on the sub county NG-CDF website.

"We are committed to ensuring that our learners are not affected even as they continue to stay at home due to Covid-19 situation," said Wainaina.

At the same time, 12 schools have received major water harvesting tanks in readiness for school reopening.

Wainaina said that should schools be reopened, learners will require to be hygienic to fight the contagious virus through regularly washing their hands and drinking water frequently.

Teachers, especially those schooling at dry Thika East that experience low rainfall have welcomed the good gesture saying it will go a long way in heightening hygiene measures as well as keep the learners hydrated.

Meanwhile, Wainaina opposed to the re-opening of schools yet owing to the coronavirus situation.

He said the government should be cautious not to expose school going children to risk of contracting the deadly virus.