THE CHALLENGES OF THE PROVISION OF CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND FUTURE GROWTH IN THE FACE OF LIMITED AND DILAPIDATED UTILIZATION OF SPACE IN MUTHAIGA PRIMARY SCHOOL

ABSTRACT
Physical planning concerns for education, more specifically primary education, in Kenya have been more concerned with provision for schools in marginalized areas including in slum locations. As the goal of primary school education is to help children realize their level best potential, physical planning needs to become more concerned with those primary schools started in the colonial period and currently in urban setups. Some of the schools, such as Muthaiga Primary School, are constrained in one way or another by their functional organization and utilization of space resulting to operational challenges and limited capacity for future growth prospects in their school compound.
Muthaiga Primary School currently lies on an approximate 2.1 hectares of land within a diverse external environment. The school is surrounded by a multiplicity of limitations which can hinder its expansion to properly and cost effectively provide for co-curricular activities beyond catering for capacity for future growth prospects. The school compound is characterized by blocks of single story (ground floor only) buildings spread across the entire space in which the compound comprises of about 16 structures and a swimming pool, which is the only standard co-curricular activities facility properly provided for within the school compound.
This current utilization of space is a challenge to the co-curricular activities of the school as it wastes on space and does not allow freedom for the children to explore their gifts in standardized co-curricular activities such as football, volleyball, basketball, etc. properly within the school compound; that is, through lack of allocation of good and proper co-curricular activities spaces.
It was observed that there is wastage of space in the utilization and allocation of spaces to different school functions as 2.1 hectares is capable of supporting both a double stream primary and double stream pre-unit school with facilities such as a soccer field, two netball fields, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a hockey pitch for the primary school besides more facilities including swings and see-saws for the pre-unit school. However, the school lacks such facilities as result of poor utilization of space therefore creating acute shortage of space for co-curricular activities.
The recommended approach for future improvement is that of optimum utilization of the available space through re-allocation of space between the primary and pre-unit school and developing the spaces according to the available planning guidelines. This will be achieved through the development of School Infrastructure Development Plan (SIDP). This is because the strategy will result to more and proper space allocation for co-curricular activities with well definition of functional spaces both within the primary school and the pre-unit school, and also a bright future in the case of increased enrolment.

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