Written by Eric Lumbasi
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Sirakaru mixed students of Bungoma North protest over what they termed poor sanitation due to inadequate number of school latrines, an aspect that has forced them to share the ones available.
More than 500 students of Sirakaru mixed secondary school of Bungoma North District went on a rampage demonstrating against poor sanitation in the school.
To express their anger, the students marched up to the office of the district commissioner more than ten Kilometers away chanting solidarity songs and carrying placards.
They disclosed that despite the school being a mixed one both boys and girls, they were being forced to use same the toilets to due insufficient number in the school.
Pausing as a health hazard they further said to have raised the issue several times to the school administration with no help seem to be forthcoming to them so far.
'' New latrines were dug ever since I joined form one in this school and up to now they have never been built and I am now in form four, ''said an angry student.
They further lamented that the school had no nurse pausing a great risk to students who may fall sick during the night. Also they lashed against the school principal Mr Francis Kapukha for not organizing for the school’s annual general meetings to help the stakeholders highlight and deal with challenges facing the school.
However, the students were addressed by the Bungoma North District Officer 1 Moses Parakutwa who promised to critically try to seek for a permanent solution to their grievances.
Parakutwa called upon the parents to remain calm as no destruction of property was experienced and they were working hand in hand with the education office to have the students resume classes as soon as possible.
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