Japanese Gov’t Grants Kenyan School Sh10 Million For Improved Discipline & Academics.
Following a significant improvement in discipline and academics, a Meru school has received a Sh10 million grant from the Japanese government to help build a two-story dormitory.
Burieruri High in Igembe Central’s miraa belt received the funds from a Japanese grassroots assistance program to help accommodate more students.
Igembe Central NG-CDF also contributed Sh6 million to the project at the school, which has seen its student population triple in four years.
The dormitory will house 400 students.
According to Principal Moshe Musyoka, the number of students has increased from 400 in 2018 to 1,200 in 2019.
Yosuhisa Kitagawa, Japan’s deputy ambassador to Kenya, said during a groundbreaking ceremony that the school’s improvement in discipline, academic performance, and tree planting impressed him.
Burieruri has made an incredible comeback, earning a mean score of 7.2 in the 2020 KCSE, up from 4.5 in 2018.
“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,” said the envoy.
He also praised the school for planting trees, saying it instilled environmental stewardship in the students.
Nairobi County Commissioner Flora Mworoa, who also serves as the school’s Board of Management Chairperson, urged parents in the miraa-growing area to prioritize education, particularly for boys.
Kubai Kiringo, MP for Igembe Central, praised the assistance and urged other development partners to help improve school infrastructure, most of which was in disrepair.
He also proposed that parents volunteer to help build schools, claiming that the money allocated through the NG-CDF was insufficient to build adequate classrooms.
According to the MP, the majority of the constituency’s approximately 100 primaries and 46 secondary schools are in disrepair.
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The constituency used to contribute to the building fund but is no longer required to do so.
He encourages parents to use some of the little money they have to pay school fees for their children so that they have better resources.
Mr. Musyoka stated that the school was focused on restoring discipline and instilling work ethics, which was a welcome change from its previous association with strikes.