Residents of Matwigu Gem area in Elementaita Ward have appealed to the county Governmnet of Nakuru to step in and save the children of Matwigu ECD centre. The children have been learning under poor state of classrooms despite the centre having started back in 1978.
In an interview on Wednesday during a consultative meeting with the media at the centre, residents said the ECD centre is in a poor state. Mr. David Gitau, a resident, added that they are now worried that if action is not taken the pupils might get infections from dust from the floors. The structures they use as classrooms are semi permanent.
Gitau’s sentiments were echoed by Juliet Njambi, the chairlady of Matwigu ECD centre. She said a time has come that Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua should visit the school
“The centre was started way back in 1978 and up to now we still face the challenge of structures with the ones around being in poor state. We would like the Governor and area MP to visit the centre sooner than later” said Njambi.
To make matters worse, parents at the ECD centre stated that the children face water shortage in the school. Some parents volunteer to bring water for the children to drink. In addition, the parents have started a feeding program for the kids to ensure they stay at the centre without hunger. The area MCA, Moses Ndung’u who was in attendance donated 50kgs of rice and beans for the feeding program.
Moses Gitonga, an activist from National Citizen Engagement forum in an interview over the poor state of Matwigu ECD centre said it was a worry for such a centre started in 1978 to still face challenges yet there are elected leaders.
Gitonga called on the county Government of Nakuru as well as the National Government through area MP to ensure they address the plight of the ECD centre. The Matwigu ECD centre now has class one. This will save the children from walking long distances to the neighbouring Dibai primary.
“It worries so much that the ECD centre of Matwigu started in 1978 can still has poor structures that are a menace and hazard to the children and therefore we call on the area MP as well as National Government to step in and save the children” said Gitonga.
Speaking at the meeting, the area MCA said the ECD centre had been factored in this financial year and called on the residents to be patient as the issue is being addressed.
“This particular ECD has been here since 1978. We have factored it in our budget allocation this financial year and therefore my appeal to the parents is to be patient as the matter is looked into. We are also looking at the title deeds issue,” the MCA said.
The MCA donated 50kgs of rice and beans for the feeding program of the children in the Matwigu ECD centre which has 25 pupils as per now.