This follows the education ministryâ€™s failure to bail out the cash-strapped school (see page 37). This is absurd because educational institutions need a lot of land not only for recreation but also for future expansion. The Government needs much more space to accommodate Universal Primary Education graduates and it would be very unfortunate if such a prime land is sold to private developers, who might not be willing to invest in a school.
Although the Government does not own the land where City High School is situated, it has invested a lot in the school in terms of paying the teachersâ€™ salaries and other grants.
With only three of the seven-acre piece of land developed, City High school has great potential for expansion. The school current population of 1,300 could be doubled if another three acres were developed leaving one acre for recreational activities.
It would not be a wise idea to let the school land be sold to settle a sh50m debt and the ministry in future paying much more in case it wants to acquire land for a school within the city. All should be done to rescue this land.