A classroom in Precious Talent School off Ngong road, collapsed yesterday, claiming the lives of seven pupils and 64 others injured. The tragic incident caught the eye of Education officials who swung into action, to mitigate the situation.
Addressing the press at the scene of the tragic accident, Education CS Prof. Magoha said that there was malpractice by the owners of the school who constructed an additional floor to the single-story building without seeking approval, placing the pupils’ lives in danger.
“I have been to all the other classrooms and in my most humble opinion, they are stable. So if a spade must be called a spade ahead of the investigations, you notice that somebody went and build another storey on top of the temporary structure. If you go ahead and do so without anybody’s approval I think we should be fair to each other including being fair to the government,” said Magoha.
The government ordered an audit of infrastructure in all schools across the country after the tragic incident at Precious Talent School. DP Ruto while visiting the injured students in hospital yesterday evening aid that the move would ensure that the infrastructure is conducive for learning, as the government does not put up with sub-optimal structures in our schools and that it is keen on ensuring that academic institutions are habitable to learners.
Lack of a public primary school in the area had been brought to the attention of the government, which pledged Ksh 20 million and a further Ksh 10 million to be made available by the Dagoretti South Constituency Development Fund for construction of a public primary school to be established at the Lenana School land. The project is to kick off in January next year and would be run by the Lenana School.