By Andrew Myendo
Dandora has six public primary schools namely Dandora one primary school in phase one, James Gichuru primary school and Wangu primary school both in phase two, Tom Mboya primary school in phase three and Ronald Ngala primary school and Ushirika Primary School both in phase five.
There are three public secondary schools Dandora Girls Secondary School in phase one, Dandora Secondary School in phase two and Ushirika Secondary School in phase five. There are a number of privately owned schools as well which also substitute the growing number of students. Most are church owned, making it suitable for parents who can afford to pay for their children.
The directive for learners to resume school during this covid-19 period is going to be difficult since most of the private schools have been converted to other different ventures to sustain the owner’s daily livelihood.
Most schools lack the infrastructure set to curb spread of COVID 19, especially with regards spacing to attain the appropriate social distance required. The situation in a public school classroom is such that the estimated number of pupils in a classroom is 70-80 with students sharing desks 3 pupils per desk. In addition to the large numbers it is expected that the misplaced students in the closed private schools will be joining the public schools. In most schools, the availability of running water is a challenge making it difficult to maintain the required hygiene standards. Most parents are struggling in terms of getting money to sustain the daily feeding of their children this makes it difficult to afford masks for the pupils.
Additionally, a number of schools have faced closure, with no hope of ever reopening. This will make it difficult for the already registered candidates to secure a place where they will do their examination.
A lot of families have had their breadwinners rendered jobless, resulting in many students looking for alternative ways of surviving and supplementing to the household income. 100% transition to schools is therefore not likely as the current struggle is between feeding the kids and paying for rent and other basic needs.