By Raisa Okwaras,
Burieruri High School located in Igembe Central Constituency in Meru County has all the reasons to be grateful after receiving a grant worth ksh.10 million from the Japanese government to help in the construction of a storey dormitory.
The school received the funding after showing significant improvement in its academics and discipline. With that, the Japanese Assistance Grassroots program chipped in to help the school have the capacity to accommodate more students. The dormitory’s capacity is four hundred students.
The Igembe Central National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) also contributed ksh.6 million to the school’s project. Such has led to the student population at Burieruri High School tripling over the last four years.
The school principal of Burieruri High School Mr. Moshe Musyoka stated the student population at the school grew from four hundred students in 2018 to one thousand two hundred students in 2019.
During the ground-breaking ceremony, Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Yosuhisa Kitagawa stated that he was impressed with the school’s improvement in their academic performance, discipline, and tree planting. This came in after the school recorded a significant improvement and a remarkable comeback in academics, from recording a mean score of 4.5 in 2018’s KCSE examinations to earning a mean score of 7.2 in 2020’s KCSE examinations.
“We were impressed by the performance the school is showing. That is one of the reasons we came here. Discipline, punctuality, and commitment are the ones that create a better learning environment and thus great results,” he said.
In addition, Mr. Yosuhisa Kitagawa praised the school’s input in sustainability and environmental conservation by planting trees.
According to the Igembe Central MP Kubai Kiringo, the state of infrastructure of most schools in the area is wanting. He claims that the funds set aside through the NG-CDF for the development of schools are insufficient. With that, he calls upon other development partners to chip in since about 100 primary schools and 46 secondary schools in the area need developmental help.
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