Mukumu Girls High School is set to receive extra funding from the government to address the overpopulation problem in the institution.
Speaking during the ongoing Senate proceedings, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu promised to fund the institution to build new classrooms and laboratories in the coming financial year.
He was responding to a question from Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who requested the CS to grant the institution an extra Sh20 million.
“The current infrastructure concerning classrooms and laboratories at Mukumu was built for 1,000 students. Today the population has swollen to 2,000. We urgently need Sh20 million to fix the classrooms and laboratories. Please, could you offer us this emergency support?” Khalwale posed.
The CS said the ministry had purchased a 12-acre piece of land across the school to address the overpopulation issue further.
“The school procured 12 additional acres on the other side of the road. I’m sure out of the infrastructural funds we’re given during this coming financial year 2023/2024, one of the schools which is going to be a beneficiary is Mukumu Girls. I assure you that it is going to be done,” Machogu said on Wednesday.
Machogu spoke when he appeared before the Senate to answer questions on the tragedy that struck Mukumu Girls High School.
This is after the school was closed on April 3, after the death of three students following an outbreak of diarrhoea.
Following the incident, Machogu disbanded the school's board of management and appointed Jane Mmbone as the new school head.