Governor Achani to push for the upgrade of Kwale School for the Mentally Handicapped

Kwale Governor Fatuma Achani when she visited the Kwale School for the Mentally Handicapped. She spent Valentine's Day at the school and offered gifts to the pupils./COURTESY

Kwale County Governor Fatuma Achani will push for the upgrade of the Kwale School for the Mentally Handicapped.

Speaking at the school on Tuesday, Governor Achani promised to push the Ministry of Education to upgrade the school.

“As long as I have come here today, the school will not remain the same. I will work and push the ministry to come on ground and address the various issues the institution is facing,” said Gov. Achani.

Speaking during Achani’s visit, the school’s head teacher Madam Sofia Olia Weda said the school lacks a proper fence, an Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) class, and a worship center for both Muslims and Christians.

“We only have 17 teachers who are not enough compared to the ratio of of the number of teachers to students,” said the Head Teacher.

The 11-acre extra County school currently has 276 mentally challenged kids.

Madam Wedo asked the Governor to help the school get more teachers to enable programs run as planned.

Also at the school was Kwale County Director for the National Council for Persons With Disability (NCPWD), Koima Chimera who pointed out that there was still a big gap in terms of facilitation for the school to accommodate more learners.

“We have been able to support the school in terms of bursary through our education assistance program, we have also been able to support them with assistive devices like wheelchairs and crutches for the learners to be able to move around the school,” said Koima.

Governor Achani who was accompanied to the school by County Executive Members for Social Services and Talent Management Francisca Kilonzo, and for Education Mishi Kaole, said she will push the Education ministry to ensure the challenges are addressed.

She also directed SSTM CEC Francisca to address other challenges like lack of balls and other sports related challenges.