Malaba Township Primary School headteacher Walela Boaz claims termites and rats invaded the school destroying stationery.
This comes as primary and secondary school teachers report back to learning institutions ahead of the eventual reopening of schools following a directive by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) last week.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said teachers were prepared to recover the time lost due to a nationwide coronavirus-triggered closure of schools in mid-March.
Boaz also complained that the roofs of some classrooms were in bad shape.
Walela appealed to the government to support schools with some funds in order to improve the infrastructure before the learners check back to school.
He further said the school was in need of fifty classrooms but currently there are only twenty-two classrooms.
In the northeastern part of the country, schools are still staring at a teacher shortage crisis that is yet to be solved by the TSC.
Before schools were closed in March following the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of teachers had left in a huff due to insecurity concerns.
On Monday, a stakeholder meeting held at a Garissa hotel drafted a memorandum that will be presented to the ministry of education and the TSC.
The stakeholders have made a raft of recommendations including employment for non-local teachers on contract basis and affirmative action in deployment of teachers to the region.
The meeting that was sponsored by the board of management and parents association brought together political leaders and officials from Kenya Secondary Heads Association and Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association.
Some of the recommendations that were arrived at and which were read by Kesha executive member Abdikarim Mohamed include, the Teachers Service Commission Should consider employment of untrained teachers
Others are Employment for non local teachers should be made on contract basis, Affirmative action should be put in place for the region,
Qualified locals to be given priority in employment and subjects advertised according to needs of the schools.
The Ministry of Education was also urged to give affirmative action to BoM teachers serving in our schools as qualified TSC teachers are not available.
The ministry was also advised to stop creation/Registration of new schools until existing schools are well staffed because quality of education is comprised due to scattered teaching force.
They also recommended that the ministry pursues formation of a task force to look into crisis of Education in northern Eastern Kenya in the light of workable solution.
Others are that security be provided in schools by recruiting KPR and deploying them to institution that are at high risk of attacks.
Garissa township MP Aden Duale lauded the teacher’s effort of coming up with recommendations which he said if implemented the problem of teachers crisis that has persisted for many years will be a thing of the past.
“As a region we need to move away from constant lamentation and fully take control of the destiny of our children. we are the ones who should come up with solutions.it should start with encouraging our sons and daughters to take up teaching courses because truth be told our people are yet to embrace teaching as a noble profession,” said Duale.
Added Duale: “To arrest the glaring gaps in our education in the county and safeguarding the safety of our children, requires synergy and total commitments of all of us. The future of our children depends on our present effort,”.
The KNUT secretary general Abdirizack Hussein said that the political leadership have a big role to play in not only encouraging the locals to take up teaching courses but also supporting them when they do so.
“The leadership of Garissa both at the National and County level, have the onus to stand up to the Education challenges in the county, transcend and provide solution to the perennial crisis in the education sector in the county by engaging the education stakeholders at the national level,” he said.