Lap desks to curb inadequate resources in schools


Puplis of St. Patrick Kanamkemer Primary School are shown how to use lap desks donated by General Motors (G.M.) Kenya. PHOTOS: ROBERT KARIUKI

St. Patrick primary school in Kanamkemer ward, Lodwar town has benefited from 300 lap desks, which were donated by General Motors Company. The lap desks were imported from South Africa by the company and supplied to the school
as a way to curb inadequate resources,affecting most schools in Turkana County
and improve learning.

St. Patrick primary school was identified because it is the most populated in Turkana central sub-county with an enrollment of more than 2,000 pupils and most learners sit and write on the floor due to lack of desks. Lap desks are portable, lighter and simple to use hence the pupils will have an easy time with the new gifts which will also be supplied to Naotin and Kakony’ang primary schools. Speaking to Turkana 

Guardian, General

Motors human resource manager, Fred Wasike said this is a means to promote education in areas where learning is difficult due to the hardship. “The lap desks we are giving out today are meant to promote education and help these learners get the best out of what they are taught. The desks are user-friendly, appropriate for the environment in which one is operating from and the pupils can use these desks both at school and at home,” said the resource manager.
He handed over 300 lap desks to the school management and the head teacher received them on behalf of the institution.
On the same occasion, Turkana central district education officer, Muthengi Muvea said Kanamkemer Primary School is one amongst the 3 schools to benefit from the lap desks.

Puplis of St. Patrick Kanamkemer Primary School displaying lap desks.

Puplis of St. Patrick Kanamkemer Primary School displaying lap desks.

Handwriting set to improve As the lap desks reach the pupils in the three schools, one thing likely to improve
most is learners’ hand writing, which has been pathetic due to inadequate desks.
Lessons taken from the floor has really affected these learners negatively for a long time, they easily get tired hence influencing their hand writing.
St. Patrick Kanamkemer primary school head teacher, Bernard Abongo said it has been challenging improving the hand writing skills for the pupils who have no desks.

“In a class of 90 or over 100 pupils only a few sit on the desks and the rest on the floor and so what they write down is not visible. It’s my hope these lap desks will help them improve their hand writing especially those in class 2 to class 6 because those in class 7 and 8 already know how to write quite well,”  he said.

Brian Oloo, a pupil at the school also described how the desks will boost hand-writing skills among the learners and said
this has come at the right time. “We are grateful for the desks and this comes at a time we needed it most because as it is evident most pupils in class 1 to class 4 do not even have a place to sit in class and these desks can be used even on the
floor, so it is very important to us,” said the pupil. The desks will be in use starting January next year when schools reopen for another academic year.

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