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School administrator’s ingenuity in ensuring proper handwashing

As school administrators engage in protective measures to keep at bay corona virus from their institutions through hand washing practise, a school in Kiambu Sub-County, has gone a notch higher by adding liquid soap in an entire tank of 30,000 liters.

            The school administration of Ting’ang’a Primary School have isolated the water meant for handwashing with that used for drinking and other activities within the school.

            The ingenious move is meant to ensure that the handwashing is done properly with ease as well as enabling a saving for the school as there is no wastage when the pupils embrace the new normal.

            The deputy headteacher of the school  Ms. Beatrice Ngatia told KNA at the school today that they had opted to add enough liquid soap into a 30,000 liters water tank which is strictly used for handwashing.

            “We thought it was going to be cheap and convenient to just put the soap into the tank instead of having smaller containers for soap at every handwashing point.The move will also cushion the learners from unnecessary handling of the soap containers”she explained.

            She further noted that since the specific tank was meant for only handwashing, they had also installed specific locations for handwashing which they had also marked for ease of the pupils and convenience.

            The deputy head teacher however exuded confidence that the water was adequate and would last them ample time before they  could consider refilling it considering that the school population  was 650 pupils who were divided into 2 streams from class one to class 8.

            She mentioned that they had about 30 water points and that the head teacher had boosted the number with an additional 5 which was a donation from “ The Giving Exchange”, a non Governmental organisation operating in Ting’ang’a location of Kiambu sub county.

            As a Christmas gift the Executive officer of the NGO Ms. Reah Nderitu  donated 5 hand washing containers with 20 liters of liquid soap to all the 21 primary schools in Kiambu sub county.

            The school heads of the benefitting schools attended the colourful ceremony held at Gicoco Primary Schools on Dec 23 to collect their tanks.

            Area Member of Parliament Mr. Jude Njomo presiding over the function, thanked the donor for her timely donation which he said had come at the right time when the country was recovering from effects of COVID – 19.

            The headteacher of Riara Primary School Rev. Harrison Gachanja on his part noted that his school was well prepared to host the pupils.

            “ We have installed 50 handwashing water points in strategic locations of the school to make it easy for the pupils and all the visitors coming to  follow up on any issue within the school compound” he noted.

            He added that the CDF through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF)  had also helped in the provision of piped water to the school in September 2020.This he said boosted the school efforts in ensuring that pupils maintained cleanliness as they went about their businesses.

By Lydia Shiloya

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