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MP unveils plan to help needy students

29 July 2013, 11:52 Dareel Eric

Sabatia member of the National Assembly Alfred Agoi has rolled out a plan to help needy students in the region pay school fees.

The legislator noted that many students in his constituency are disadvantaged because of their poor backgrounds and are unable to study due to lack of fees.

He argued that the parents seldom help their children because they do not have the necessary resources.

“There have been many cases of students staying at home for lack of fees, who cannot be helped by their parents, and this is not encouraging at all. We need to look for ways of helping them acquire education,” said Agoi.

For a start, Agoi said that he will direct a handsome amount of money from the CDF kitty into paying full school fees for the needy children.

This comes after reports indicated that many children from the region succumb to the poverty and thus leave their studies in favour of looking for means and ways of survival.  

He directed head teachers to take a roll call of all the needy children in their schools so that he could help them directly.

“If the CDF money will not be enough in paying the school fees for the poor children, I will take responsibility by paying the fees by myself,” he said.

The MP however asked parents to take responsibility of their children so as to avert cases of early pregnancies.

“Education is very paramount in my plans for the constituency and thus I will support it fully so that we can produce more experts in the region,” he said.  

He was speaking at Igunga village in Sabatia during the funeral of Edward Ndakala Makindu. He was accompanied by Ikolomani MP Benard Shinali and Vihiga County Assembly Majority Chief Whip Abdalla Chogo.

Chogo encouraged parents to allow their children to go to school where they will be free from temptations like early marriages.

The leaders also faulted the government over its supposed move to withhold the teachers' salary for July.

“Teachers have their own rights and it is bad for the government to deny them their salary because they used a return-to-work formula which does not victimise those who were involved in the strike,” said Agoi.

He noted that the constitution allows all Kenyans to go on strike and thus if the teachers are victimised, he will be among the first people to go to parliament to oppose the move.

Speaking separately, Vihiga deputy governor Caleb Amaswache said that if the headteachers are forced to submit the roll calls, it will endanger their lives.

“The government wants the headteachers to be witch-hunted and blamed by the other teachers for victimising them,” he said.

Amaswache noted that this could be a tentative move by the government to divert the attention of the people from the serious issues that need to be tackled like hunger and poverty.

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