An Investigation into the use of cooking gas by public boarding secondary schools in Nairobi, Kenya
Muchiri, Elizabeth Wakarura
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The objective of this research is to investigate the use of LPG in Kenyan public institutions, following the government campaign to encourage its use. In particular, the research seeks to understand the usage of cooking gas by public boarding secondary schools in Nairobi. The government has been promoting the use of LPG as a clean fuel and to curb deforestation. The research covers the public boarding secondary schools in Nairobi city and the environs. It involves establishing the perceptions that lead to the choice of fuels, knowledge of properties of properties of preferred fuels and seeks to determine interventions that can encourage use of gas. The survey was done by the use of a questionnaire filled in by an interviewer. The researcher sought to understand perceptions that motivate, hinder or moderate the behavior of school administrators in choosing the fuels. The data was then analyzed and results summarized. The results indicate that most schools use wood fuel, though they would consider using cooking gas. It is also clear that the school managers value the aspects that make cooking gas better fuel, even though they still do not use it. The major concern for not using gas is the perceived expense, though there is some concern on safety. Knowledge on how to get a gas facility installed is also limited. There is awareness about the government policy encouraging the use of gas for cooking, though the policy has not been directed to the schools. The policy makers and drivers should direct their policies to institutions and communities and not merely the individual households.