Public Secondary Schools witness crowding due to limited facilities after the new policy

The Ministry of Education is working closely with Schools Boards of Management to ensure that congestion in secondary schools is addressed so as to realize the Government policy of 100 percent transition. The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry who is also the Principal Secretary, University Education and Research Prof. Collette Suda said the Ministry is aware of the challenges facing most public secondary schools following the new policy that has witnessed crowding due to limited facilities. “We are aware that you are facing a few challenges which has overstretched your existing facilities forcing learners to conduct their lessons under trees” said the PS. She said the Government is working towards ensuring the existing facilities are expanded and infrastructure increased in schools to ascertain full implementation of the policy.

Prof. Suda emphasized that the Ministry’s core business is to ensure all learners have access to quality and relevant basic education therefore the need to create conducive learning environment for all students. Prof. Suda made the remarks at Precious blood Girls school, Riruta where she represented the Head of State President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Chief Guest during a special mass presided by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue. Prof. Suda applauded the school for its exemplary performance in last years National Examinations (KCPE) where 96% percent of the candidates qualified to join University. The PS later presented a Government donation to the school to assist in expansion of its facilities.

His Eminence John Cardinal Njue in his remarks encouraged the students to work hard and ensure the four years of their education at the school would be successful and memorable. He asked the students to have faith in God and always aim at passing their examinations.

The school Principal Mrs Jacinta Waweru Ngure on her part called for Governments support in the provision of additional teacher’s expansion of existing classrooms, school laboratory, dining hall, and staffroom. She said the teacher’s staff room had been converted into a dormitory due to the high turn out of form one pupils this year. She also noted that space was limited and thanked the Missionary sisters of the Precious blood for accommodating the high number of students.

The school which is sponsored by the archdiocese of Nairobi was initially meant to accommodate 300 students but now has a population of 900.