In Summary
  • The Nation found the centre, which is in an unfenced compound, deserted and devoid of songs and noises that characterise a classroom.
  • Residents of Kabirer said the incomplete but usable building was put up in 2014 by the county government.
  • They say that there are allegations that some people wanted the centre to lie idle and be forgotten so that they could turn it into a private school.

An idle early childhood development education (ECDE) centre in Kericho has been converted into a village lodging, years after its completion stalled.

Kabirer Early Childhood Development Education Centre in Soin Sigowet Sub-County is among tens of centres that have stalled, yet indicated as complete and paid for in the county government’s status report.

The Nation found the centre, which is in an unfenced compound, deserted and devoid of songs and noises that characterise a classroom.

The wooden door was written in chalk, “Sure condom” and sure enough, after unbolting the door, pieces of used condoms were strewn on the dusty floor of the abandoned learning centre.

INCOMPLETE

Mr Wesly Bor and Ms Ruth Kirui, both residents of Kabirer, said the incomplete but usable building was put up in 2014 by the county government.

“The building has never been used. It lacks desks, blackboard and a toilet. It’s also not fenced. We are calling upon the county government to help us speed up the completion,” said Mr Bor.

Locals said they are willing to complete the toilet and buy furniture so that their children can be relieved from walking long distances to school.

But they say that there are allegations that some people wanted the centre to lie idle and be forgotten so that they could turn it into a private school.

“The contractor dug a latrine and left it gaping. We are yet be told of the way forward in this project,” said Mrs Kirui.

Kabirer ECDE centre in Kericho

Used condom packets on the floor of the incomplete Kabirer ECDE centre in Kericho whose construction stalled in 2014. PHOTO | ANITA CHEPKOECH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

ECDE CENTRES

Governor Paul Chepkwony’s administration had promised to build a total of 650 ECDE centres and 17 ablution blocs in each ward between 2013 and 2017.

The Nation has since established that whereas one of the projects indicated as complete is non-existent, several of those constructed do not meet the required standards, either lacking furniture and toilets, or the quality of the classroom is wanting.

The ECDE centres include Ogirgir, Kisabei, Lemeiywet, Kapcheluch, Chepkin, Kimugul in Kipkelion East, Koiyet, Kibolgony and Sosit and Koitalel, all of which are either incomplete or in an inhabitable condition.

Building of Kesainet centre in Sigowet-Soin did not start at all, despite being allocated Sh750,000, the approximate amount that was set for putting up a fully-fledged ECDE centre.

Sosit Primary School

Sosit Primary School Headteacher Fancy Ngeno (centre) guides a pupil under a tree that teachers use as their staff room. The ECDE class at the school in Ainamoi, Kericho County, has cracked walls and insufficient desks. PHOTO | ANITA CHEPKOECH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

FIVE DESKS

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