MP pleads for extra CDF funds to tackle congestion

Monday, January 27th, 2020 00:00 |
Ruiru MP Simon King’ara at a construction site of dormitories at Ruiru Secondary School. The facility will cost the government Sh50 million. Photo/PD/Mathew Ndung’u

There is an urgent need to allocate more funds to the National Government – Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) for effective implementation of the 100 per cent transition policy, Ruiru MP Simon King’ara has said.

Most secondary schools are grappling with congestion due to increased enrolment, forcing principals to convert classroom corridors, stores, libraries and disused buildings into classrooms to cope with huge numbers.

King’ara said while the 100 per cent transition policy should not be abandoned, the government must go an extra mile and ensure that de-congestion of schools is fast-tracked for quality education.

“Many institutions require more classrooms, dormitories, bathrooms, toilets, dining halls, desks, chairs, laboratories and teachers,” he said. 

Given the heightened congestion in schools, the MP regretted that the quality of education will be compromised if the situation is not contained. He spoke at Ruiru Secondary School during the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of boys boarding facilities. 

King’ara implored the Ministry of Education to strive to improve infrastructure that will help in decongesting classes.

“The current NG-CDF allocation cannot alleviate overcrowding in schools. There is need to increase the budget allocation even as the ministry of Education moves in to help,” he said.

Ruiru CDF has managed to construct more than 50 classes since he assumed office among them 15 at the overcrowded Mwiki Primary that he said is in urgent need of 15 more classrooms after its population rose to 4,000 pupils.

The MP said Sh50 million will be spent for construction of dormitories at Ruiru Secondary school that has 600 students and which has been converted to a boys only boarding school.

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