As COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the globe, it did not only disrupt social lives but also disrupted lively hoods of private school teachers and owners following the closure of educational institutions in March this year.
George Mwangi who is the director and principal of St. Georges Cornerstone at Malaba in Witeithie ward has been forced to relocate to his office where he has been residing for two months now. He could not manage to raise monthly rent where he was residing in Ruai.
Mwangi, a father of three and married to a teacher, says they relocated to a cheaper house and even sold some of their household items to start a small business but things got worse for them, forcing him to sent his family to upcountry.
The shortage of public schools in Witeithie ward in Juja sub-county is what obliged George Mwangi, a former bodaboda operator and an IT expert, to start a private secondary school in Malaba, in a bid to end the suffering of many children who missed out on joining Form One.
The only public school in the area by the time Mwangi was setting up the school was Mang’u High School, which most can’t afford financially as well as their KCPE marks as most of them scored 200 marks and below.
Mwangi’s school, however, faces myriad challenges as most of the parents in the area struggle to raise Sh5,000 tuition fee per term. Mose of the parents resort to offering labour in the school while others who work in a nearby quarry offer building stones and ballast in exchange for their children’s school fees.
After he sent his family upcountry, he moved into his office where he has been living now and works as a guard since the previous one withdrew his services due to lack of salary. George says he watched helplessly as his teachers were kicked out of their houses due to lack of rent.