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Governor calls for devolved management of school infrastructure 

A modern ECDE centre at Gatumbiri Primary school in Mbeere South Sub County where the children used to study in mud-walled and earthen floored class, sometimes under a tree
Photo by Charles Muoki

Embu Governor Martin Wambora has proposed that County governments be allowed to manage schools’ infrastructure.
He claimed that members of parliament had failed in their roles, citing the number of mud-walled classrooms and offices seen in primary and secondary schools across.
The Governor said county governments had proved to be better managers of school infrastructure, given the number of Early Childhood Education and Development centres (ECDEs) that have been established since the advent of devolution.
Speaking after opening two ECDE classes in Mbeere South Sub County, the governor said funds allocated to MPs for construction of classrooms through the National Government Constituency Development Fund, should be reverted to the governors.
He said in many schools, one can notice the difference between ECDE centers and other structures noting that dilapidated classes with leaking roofs, in some schools made pupil concentration in class difficult.
“The county government has upto date close to 90 ECDE centres across the county constructed in only four years it has been in power.
Subsequently, enrolment rose from 13,300 in 2013 to about 17,000 children currently,” Wambora observed.
Meanwhile, the Embu county government will next week launch a Sh40 million milk programme targeting nursery school children.
Governor Wambora announced that the programme will improve the health of the children besides promotion of the dairy industry in the county
By Muoki Charles

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