The Ministry of Education has officially commissioned a Sh 25 million learning infrastructure at Lwanya Girls high school in Busia County.
Speaking during the official launch of the facility, Western Regional Director of Education Steven Barongo said that the building has been constructed through enormous support of the Ministry of Education through Transition Improvement Grants in its initial stages.
“The Ministry again gave more funds through Repair and Improvement Fund,” he said, adding that parents and the area MP have also contributed through harambees.
He stated that the first phase of the building that houses the Laboratory was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha.
“Today I came to commission the whole building which houses five classrooms and a big library within that building,” he said, adding that the school has greatly assisted enrolment of girls in secondary schools.
The official at the same time noted that the school has registered continuous improvement in KCSE results.
“Last year, we had 107 candidates qualifying for University,” he said, adding this was a great milestone that the school had registered tremendous progress since 2017.
Barongo urged other contractors across the region to stick to the designs given by architects and ensure that the provisions given by the Ministry of Education guidelines are followed.
“I would ask contractors not only to put their aspirations in money but they come up with good buildings that can even sell them more to other schools,” he said.
The RD at the same time advised students to remain at home with their parents during the short holidays and avoid loitering around aimlessly. “The outside world is not as friendly as the school environment,” he said, advising parents to be readily available for their children.
Barongo further advised parents to teach their children survival skills as they carry out little bits of their studies.
The school Principal Emily Mokire thanked the Ministry for the support adding that the move will go a long way in improving the Examination performance of the school. “The school has been having population pressure in both classes and the dormitories and we thank the Ministry for the support,” she said.
Mokire at the same time urged students not only to make good use of the facility but also take good care of it so that they can attract more support from well-wishers in future.
The school currently has a total population of 968 students and is expecting more in August when form one admissions take place nationwide.
By Salome Alwanda