Kiambu school falls into crisis as 23 toilets cave in

Some of the latrines that collapsed in Mutuma Secondary School in Gatundu North, sending the school into a health crisis as schools reopen today.

As schools reopen today after an extended holiday due to flooding, a mixed day secondary school in Kiambu County is counting losses after 23 toilets caved in.

The lavatories at Mutuma Secondary School, a top performer in KCSE in Gatundu North, collapsed due to the heavy rains that have been pounding the region.

According to the school principal James Mwangi, they have been forced to take drastic measures to handle the situation, including surrendering some of the staff ablution blocks to the students.

The school has a population of 625 students; 325 girls and 300 boys.

The principal divulged that the school administration has already written to the Ministry of Education (MoE) over the matter, noting that they require about Ksh2.1 million to put up two new lavatories.

“We have also notified our area MP Elijah Njoroge Kururia and wrote a letter to the ministry. The remaining toilets cannot effectively handle the population and we urgently need help,” the principal said.

He however noted that the management has ensured that the available lavatories are kept clean.

“We have two of our workers cleaning the toilets to ensure that sanitation is maintained. We also have adequate water in our school for the sake of preserving the hygiene of our students,” Mwangi said.

The principal also appealed to well-wishers and corporates to chip in their support and assist the school put up more lavatories as well as other amenities.

The school, located in a remote village within the expansive constituency, took 20 students to university out of the 130 who sat last year’s KCSE.

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