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Baringo girls take meals under trees after school dining hall was converted into dormitory



Overwhelming students’ enrollment forces Lake Bogoria Girls’ Secondary school in Baringo South Sub-county to convert a dining hall into a dormitory.


The huge blow comes after the government through the ministry of education issued directive to ensure a 100 percent transition of 2018 KCPE candidates to secondary schools.


“We used to admit only 80 form ones but today we have over 200 so forcing us to convert the main dining hall to accommodate the whooping number” school Principal Jean Ngaiwa said today on Friday.


Ngaiwa said her institution adds to the only two girls’ secondary schools in the entire Sub-County so resulting to the acute congestion, also considering the less school structures.


“After converting the dining hall it forces our students to take their meals while standing along the corridors or outside under tree sheds while placing their meals on top of wooden bogs” she said.


Furthermore, she said adding to the school also lacks of a library and enough classrooms. “We have one science laboratory, two congested dormitories and fewer toilets” she said.


The school head also said the dire condition forced the students to share learning in class owing to less chairs and desks, adding the school had not prepared for the high enrollment.


She noted the school doubles as a rescue center for girls who ran away from the retrogressive Female Genital Mutilation(FGM), early marriages and insecurity, “could be the reason of the influx rate” she said calling upon the government and well-wishers to intervene to provide the girls with a conducive learning environment.


The overstretched challenges also forced the school to convert the school bus parking shade into a classroom in order to accommodate the extra number of students.


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