Longstanding woes for learners, teachers and parents at Igamba Primary School, Gituamba Ward, Gatundu North in Kiambu County are almost over after area NG-CDF injected Sh 12 million for construction of a new school.
The school that is situated along Kairi-Mataara road has been in a deplorable state with collapsing lavatories, lack of a playfield and an appalling state of classrooms and offices painting a picture of a run-down and neglected learning institution.
Operating on a 50×100 plot, the school that has a population of 410 pupils and 12 staffs has been derelict for years now with many parents unable to give if it a facelift due to scarcity of land and financial constraints.
The narrative could however change after the school, through the help of NG-CDF managed to purchase a 1-acre plot where a new school will be put up.
According to area MP Wanjiku Kibe, pupils and teachers from the school will in a few months enjoy seven new classrooms, modern toilets and up-to-date staffrooms.
Speaking when she handed over the site to the contractor, the MP Sh 7.6 million will be spent on construction of classes while the rest will go into erection of modern eight-door-toilet and staffrooms.
The contractor for the project is expected to commence work immediately.
“It’s been a long journey and I at some point almost gave up. Am however a happy woman today as we hand over the site to the contractor. We hope to see a new face of Igamba Primary in a few months’ time,” she said.
Parents at the school lauded the initiative as one that will go a long way in improving the performance of their children as they will start learning in a healthy, conducive environment.
Led by Zachariah Muchiri, the parents expressed optimism that Kibe’s leadership was people-centred and one that would help them improve their living.
“This has never happened before. We have been to offices and we have sought help from leaders before in futility. We thank our MP for offering us a permanent solution, this we will never forget,” said Muchiri.
Locals where the project is expected to be built called on the contractor to consider them for jobs as a way of giving back to the local community.