Poor students get bursary to join national schools
29 January 2014, 19:06
Vihiga - Ten students in Vihiga County that are poised to join national schools after an exemplary performance in their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) have a reason to smile after John Madete Foundation paid their school fees.
A total of KES 1 million was used by the foundation to help students from poor families, and those who have been orphaned.
Releasing the cheques yesterday, Bruce Madete, the proprietor of the foundation said that there was a dire need among the people from the region to sponsor education by all means for sustainable development among its populace.
“An educated people in the society will be able to create opportunities without necessarily bothering the leadership to help them with handouts. We want to invest in education fully as a foundation because we understand its importance,”Madete said.
He spoke at the county headquarters in Mbale yesterday in a function that was graced by area governor Moses Akaranga where the students were granted the cheques to help them join the schools where they have been invited. Also present were deputy governor Caleb Amaswache, County Executive Member in Charge of education Elmanos Vodoti and Etta Madete.
Madete said that their foundation will sponsor a total of ten students every year starting this year, as plans are mooted of making the foundation to be an institute that will major in sponsoring education.
“We want the foundation to be called John Madete Leadership Institute by the next year, so that we will be in a proper position to help many students realise their dreams,” he said.
Governor Akaranga bemoaned the increased schools fees in schools that have been converted into national schools in the region saying that they no longer benefit the locals who helped establish them.
He questioned the extremely high fees payments in the institutions, saying that the government invested a lot of money in the schools, yet they have remained a preserve of the rich.
“National schools in the region are now only benefiting the rich. They are charging heavily, and how can anyone expect a child of the poor to benefit from this institutions? It is sad that the government looks helplessly as the poor are dragged down mercilessly,” he said.
Akaranga said that most of the schools that have been converted into national schools lie on property that was given free of charge to the government by the communities around them, and it was now very unfortunate that the same communities cannot benefit from education offered.
“When communities constructed these schools, there were plenty of expectations from them. They expected that their children will be able to acquire education in them. Now they cannot even access the facilities,” he said.
The governor further revealed that the co-operative Bank and the Kenya Commercial Bank, both of Mbale branches, had sponsored five and four students respectively to join national schools.
He called on the local leaders to invest more in education other than giving people handouts that could not sustain the future.
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