Kitale residents now want the name of a nearby primary school changed to improve enrolment and results, since the name of Chetoto Primary School derives from the Marabou stork, a scavenger bird preying on carcasses, primarily feeding on the Bondeni dumpsite and a slaughterhouse nearby. Chetoto is the name of the bird in Luhya community. The school was founded in the early 1980s by Kipsongo slum residents after they saw an increase in the population of their children. The school has increasingly recorded poor success and attendance with a population of over 3,000.
A majority of people, including a bishop of a nearby church, now equate the very unsavory name with low attendance and bad results. Moses Lutome a resident said that they claimed that the bird of Chetoto wasv linked with filth and poverty, 'Baraka' and 'Bahati' were suggested as better names that would bring luck to the school. Our children should not understand that we are unable to collect funds for their educational needs. Monica Tobos, another local, expressed her woes over the bad hygiene, broken sewers, insufficient disposal of waste, and poor housing plan in the city. In her view, it would be unfair to associate the school name with the prevalent circumstances. The school's supporters, Bishop Benjamin Tarus of the African Inland Church (AIC), Kitale, said they are at the case and would consult on it. They would seek feedback in liaison with the Christian Education Department Committee before reaching a decision. Residents have been asked to recommend new names for consideration and he expects further discussion with other relevant stakeholders and the locals on this topic. We're not wiping out civilization, we're just wiping out a sign of poverty, and it's a low-stakes way of talking openly about history, what we believe, what our values are. It's a natural procedure,' said a specialist, Joshua Ewoi. The new name is intended to draw donors to fund its growth and the government.
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