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Posted by African Press International on November 1, 2013


As the CDF project’s sign posts recently looks to dominate main streets in
the country since inception, threatening to replace the all-over- littered
commercial billboards, St. Andrews Secondary School in Webuye Constituency
in Bungoma County belongs to its own league with a rare history of running
for five years without allocation from the Constituency Development fund.

A mere mention of politics to the desperate students of  deserted St.
Andrews Matulo Secondary school and the community at large sends cold spine
after their unwavering efforts to attract funding from the constituency
development fund  has hit a snag for nearly half  a decade ago in a school
that is merely surviving on grants and well wishers.

For them, they say, CDF is a vocabulary that has never come to reality
since the school started its operations in 2007.

Disregard and neglect is the literal picture you meet as one finds the way
in the school, one is mystified as you meet two sign posts on one gate
entering the seemingly abandoned institution currently sharing classrooms
with primary school pupils.

The future of close to three hundred students at St. Andrews is at cross
roads as pupils take their classes under threes.

Recently initiated strict legislative laws barring politicians from
carrying fundraising seem a last nail on the coffin to develop the school
and improve its infrastructure after the politician’s initiative was faced
off by the interim independent electoral commission.

‘’This school was started in 2008 as a community initiative to address the
surging population of pupils in the region with limited facilities. The
school has however come to this level through the community donations and
parents alongside the church sponsorship’’, says Asman Wafula,the
principle, at his makeshift office on the verandah of the ongoing
incomplete four roomed building.

The principle however says that the primary section has succumbed to
overloaded population pressure from the secondary school students taking
their tuition from the facility compelling them to tender a notice to
vacate the facility.

‘’We received a notice to vacate the premises where  more than thirty form
four students are taking their classes from in preparation for the final
examinations due in November’’, Said the principle.

Courage and hope is the picture that smacks faces of the apprentices and
teachers in the school as students line up with pupils at the latrines to
attend to calls of nature in an environment that struggles to co-exist in a
bid to attain the basic fundamental rights education.

According to the school principal, Mr.Wafula, the school has had to wade
through thick and thin to register commendable results besides the hurdles
to achieve three direct entries in the university last year.

‘’We took three students to the university last year and attained a mean
grade of 5.5 in KCSE. We however look forward to attain better results
given support from the Educational ministry and the Constituency
Development Fund ‘’, said the principal heading a staff of eight teachers
with four-posted by teachers service commission (TSC).

Mr. Wafula says, ‘’with enough infrastructures and sufficient posting of
teachers the school has a better capacity to register better results’’.

The board Chairman Mr. Anzel Mukhweso pointed out that students operation
has been notoriously hampered by the weather due to lack of infrastructure.

The community says it has been made to believe that the political rivalry
between the Nominated MP Musikari Kombo and the incumbent Alfred Sambu is
the cause of the hues and torment they are facing to make their innocent
pupils acquire basic education as the CDF tenure gets to the end in two
months time.

The former deputy Mayor Webuye Municipal Paul Wanyonyi warned the MP from dragging
politics into development matters saying it threatens to hurt growth.

‘’Politics shapes development but in case bad politics infiltrates into
development then uneven distribution of resources takes centre stage where
the subject comes under attack ’’,said Wanyonyi.

He said that politics could not be isolated from that pathetic case in that
school citing abandonment and neglect from the leadership class.

He added that the area MP has used the fund as a political weapon punishing
innocent students.

Speaking to API, the area MP, Alfred Sambu denied the allegations
citing the poor representation by the local committee at the grassroots.

‘’I have not disowned the school nor dragged politics into the matter. This
is all to do with poor representation by the CDF committee at the local
level that has failed to make viable proposal for the project’s funding. I
however agree the school is in pathetic situation and needs funding to
rescue the situation ’’, said Sambu.

The area MP further told this writer that the myriad incomplete projects in
the constituency is the main cause of the predicament  with fear of
starting projects that cannot be finished.

‘’ I am not out to cast projects that cannot be utilized in the name of
pleasing the voters. My mission is to see the projects serve the desired
purpose’’, added the MP.

The area MP has in the recent come under hot critics for allegedly
discriminating some quarters of the constituency allied to his rival
nominated MP Musikari Kombo after the recent delimitation of the boundaries.



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Kenya: Kimilili District Deputy County Commissioner castigates drunkard teachers in the region

Posted by African Press International on June 26, 2013

  • By Godfrey Wamalwa,Bungoma,26/6/2013

“I want to warn the teachers  who report to their work while drunk that the government will not tolerate such behavior and stern action will be taken against them,”that is a warning bell that Kimilili district deputy county commissioner has sent to the teachers.

Addressing students of  Kibingei Friendssecondary school in Kimilili District after the students went on a rampage and marched for about seven kilometers to his office, citing poor management by the school’s principal.

While presenting their grievances the students alleged that the Principal Mrs. Scholastic Mukui sends them home regularly for school fees as well as talking ill of their parents terming them as poor an issue that did not get down well with them.

They further claimed that she does not coordinate her staff well as some teachers are normally drunk hence cannot attend to their lessons well an issue that has affected the syllabus coverage for a long time especially to the candidates and having few teachers for chemistry, biology and agriculture.

“Our school  has been disqualified from participating in the regional football competition, reasons being that one of the players was found to be nineteen years of age an issue they said was aimed at sabotaging their efforts to nurture their talents away from academics”claimed the students.

However, Kimilili district quality assurance and standards officer Andrew Shiundu said it was a national rule that all students who are supposed to represent a school in a games completion should be eighteen years of age and below.

 Kimilili deputy county commissioner Joseph Lewa also urged the Teachers’ Service Commission to address the issue of under-staffing in the entire district by deploying more teachers to avoid such strike issues in future.

He further cautioned teachers who report on duty while drunk saying the government officers in charge will conduct a thorough investigation and those implicated will face the law.


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Kenya: Girl child education should be taken seriously

Posted by African Press International on May 31, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal,API Kenya

EDUCATION stakeholders in Nyanza Region have been urged to join hands in educating girl child so as to improve their future lives.

West Gem County Assembly member Mr. Jared Abayo said girl child education is much sensitive that needs a lot of attention by both the parents and teachers. School girls in Kenya School girls in Kenya

He adds that for many years girl child education have not been given first priority as compared to boy child across the country especially in rural areas.

This, he said has made the performance of girl child to lag behind due to negligence by education stakeholders especially parents and even some of the teachers in various schools.

Addressing parents, students and teachers at Nyagondo Secondary school during the education and price giving day, Abayo decried the high rate of school drop out especially girls in the region. School girls in Kenya School girls in Kenya

“Most of these girls drop out of school due to lack of school fees, lack of clothing, unwanted pregnancy and poverty that force them to streets to provide for their siblings,” says Abayo.

This Abayo said call for immediate intervention by the government to find an amicable solution to the problem saying education is the only way to change the lives of these young girls.

However, he further challenge children to embrace education by maintain self-discipline at the highest level for the betterment of their education.

Abayo pointed out inadequate teachers, lack of equipment and infrastructure as the major challenges that children are facing in most schools across the region.

This has resulted to poor performance and called upon the government through the ministry of education to increase the teacher and student ratio in schools so as to improve education sector in the country.


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Kenya: Fire takes down Kamusinde Secondary School dormitory – over 100 students stranded

Posted by African Press International on May 11, 2013

Fire gutted down a dormitory at Kamusinde Secondary School in Bungoma County leaving over 100 students stranded and property of unknown value destroyed.
However, no one was injured as the incident happened at noon when student were in classrooms undertaking their early second term examination.
The school’s management declined to divulge details concerning the incident when press contacted it.
“Please give us time to assess the damage and establish the cause of the fire, then we can give you details later,” said one of board members.
The administration also assured parents that their children are safe and there is no reason to panic
The area Mp Hon Suleiman Murunga visited the school and promised to aid the re-construction of the dormitory.
Elsewhere,two schools in Mt. Elgon District are counting losses after heavy rains pounded the area and destroyed 2 pit latrines on Monday evening.
Head teachers of the two schools Kongit primary school and Bishop Okiring Kamneru secondary school have been urged to immediately reconstruct the toilets before the schools re-open.
Mt. Elgon District Education Officer Pius Ng’oma said that the problem is because of poor workmanship.
“The constructions of these pit latrines were not done properly, it’s actually a shoddy work and that’s why they say cheap is expensive,” Mr. Ng’oma said.
He called on all head teachers to always supervise any construction in the school to make sure they are done according to the expected standards in order to prevent future damages.
However the head teacher of Bishop Okiring Secondary has called on well-wishers to come to their rescue to help them put up other pit latrines as the students report back to school for second term.


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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret enjoying themsleves at the Drama Festivals in State House Mombasa

Posted by African Press International on April 28, 2013

Finalists in 2013 Kenya drama festivals entertaining President Kenyatta and the first lady Margaret Kenyatta in Mombasa State House yesterday Saturday the 27th.April

Meet the narrator himself and listen to his personal story.

The young form two secondary school students impressed the President with his narrative as it touched on devolution message that the Jubilee manifesto has given priority.


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Parents in Likuyani District have been called upon to heavily invest in the education of their children

Posted by African Press International on April 25, 2013

Over 600 orphaned children from Lugari district have received a donation of school uniforms from Aphia plus through a community based organization– Mkombozi.
Mkombozi CBO’s offices at Pan Paper, Mr. Emmanuel Khaemba an officer from the CBO commended Aphia plus for caring for orphaned children and the disadvantaged in the society.
He said his organization was taking care of over 3,000 orphaned children in the larger Lugari district who deserved help.
Besides the uniform donation, he said Aphia plus was also committed to ensuring the children received other attendant care such as fees bursaries for the secondary school education, standard home care among other social amenities.
He also revealed that his organization was on the forefront in ensuring that the area was served with safe drinking water arguing that it was crucial to conserve water sources.
Accompanied with district public health officer, Mr. Elphas Imbai,he also appealed to more humanitarian agencies to aid orphaned children adding that they faced a myriad of challenges.
The beneficiaries expressed their joy and thanked the two organizations for working tirelessly to see that they get all the basic needs, live a good life and enjoy their living in the society like other children.
Parents in Likuyani District have been called upon to heavily invest in the education of their children and as well guide them to pursue subjects relevant to their envisaged careers. Chairperson to a head teachers’ caucus in the area, Mrs. Mary Manyonge said majority of the students encountered problems while making subject choices in secondary schools ending up pursuing unlikeable careers.
At the same time, Mrs. Manyonge advised them to ensure equal opportunities were also availed to their daughters to enable them effectively compete for available job opportunities with their male counterparts.
She chided that it will be a waste of time for some parents to be contented with their daughters reaching the fourth form but pointed out that they should be allowed to join tertiary institutions and ultimately universities.
“At the moment when the country is preparing to launch county governments, it will be pertinent for parents to bequeath their children with education to ensure that they effectively fitted in the new dispensation,” she said.
Mrs. Manyonge who is also the principal of Matunda secondary school which is ranked among the best performing schools in the district noted that it was important for competing schools to collaborate with views to exchanging ideas.

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Kenya: 650 orphans uplifted – their school needs to be met.

Posted by African Press International on April 23, 2013

Over 650 orphans and poor students from rural Matete district in Kakamega County have a reason to smile after an independent organization Nuclear students Trust issued 3 million Kenya shillings to carter for their school fees.
The students from various schools in the district will in the next term not worry over lack of school fees.The initiative by the Nuclear Student Trust(NST)and other financial plyers is expected to provide the orphans with a solution towards the challenges they experience during their learning process where many end up missing schools due to lack of school fees.
More than 1800 free blankets will be distributed to orphans to marginal areas of the districts where access to basic education and transition rates from Primary to Secondary school remain low. According to the project coordinator Mr.John Kariuki,said the fund donated is expected to restore hope among learning orphans as they pursue their academic dreams.”Poor access to funds has greatly inconvenienced them and impacted negatively in their performance at school” said Mr Karuiki.
Alphino Angoya,a concern resident hailed the sponsors for the timely intervention saying that most of the less fortunate students have been forced to drop out of the school due to lack of school fees.


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Important lesson: Accepting situations and forging ahead in life

Posted by African Press International on April 5, 2013

By Benjamin Rutto, Kenya

When the Kenya National Examination Council released the results recently, candidates who sat their standard eight national exams were anxiously waiting to see the expected good results they will harvest.

I remember some years back, when I was in the same shoes. I was over-confident that I will score over 400 marks (that is among the best students in the country) and join a National school for the next education level. My close friend felt the opposite; he expected bad if not the worst. I encouraged him that all will be well.

On the day when the education minister released the results, I expected him to pronounce my name but it was all in vain. The next day, I was among the first to be in the shopping centre to buy the newspaper. After going through the entire top list on national and provincial schools, I still missed my name. The only remaining thing was to repeat.

Actually, I had scored 330 while my friend had 319. For me, it was a fall but he had done it. He proceeded to secondary education while I go back to find my 70 lost marks. In the race, I scored 371. I was to rewind again but was forced by my father to go to secondary school. By now, he was in form two but we both landed in provincial school.

After form four, we scored good grades with a slight margin I being a head. He went to a youth polytechnic and a year later I went to Campus. While I was in first year, he was in his final year and on my second year; he had already landed in a job. I am now in my final year whereas; he has made some development projects.

Just to encourage you, am propelled to give you this short experience. Don’t lose hope in life or education. God has good plans for you, don’t force things. There is a breakthrough in every barrier a head. Just accept the situation and forge a head.

All is well; learn from the experience of others, you have heard people terminating themselves just because of scoring low. Failing is not the end of life; you still have uncountable chances to make right your ways.




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