Limited resources should not compromise academic excellence: First Lady
06 February 2016, 18:30
Nairobi - First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has asked stakeholders in
education to ensure that challenges of limited resources do not
compromise academic excellence in schools.
According to Capital News, She however recognized that the national schools like
Alliance Girls are facing heavy challenges and pressure occasioned by
increased enrolment which puts significant stress to the existing
facilities and infrastructure.
The First Lady spoke when she flagged off the Great Alliance Girls
(High School) Walk today aimed at raising funds for the expansion of the
school’s chapel, first constructed in 1959 with a capacity for 800
students and teachers.
The enrolment of the 68-year-old school has grown rapidly over the
last five years and now stands at over 1500 students, necessitating the
expansion of the institution’s facilities.
The First Lady said one of the endearing values of Alliance Girls
High School is that it offers learning opportunities to students from
poor backgrounds who are unable to pay for their studies, thus giving
them an opportunity to realize their full potential.
As such, she said, noble causes aimed at the refurbishment and expansion of facilities at the school should be supported by all.
“We must support this special value and make it possible for our
girls to get an education from this prestigious school”, she said.
The First Lady said the Alliance Girls Walk initiative appeals to the
Kenyans culture of giving and philanthropy “ which I have experienced
for my flagship campaign Beyond Zero and the upcoming First Lady’s Half
Marathon event, scheduled to take place on March 6 ”.
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The Star reported that the First Lady praised the Alliance Girls for continually living to
its fame as a centre of excellence that graduates well- rounded students
who later occupy leadership positions not only in Kenya but Africa and
“Thousands of girls have graduated from Alliance, and are today
making great contributions to the country’s national development. Many
of these women are identified as ‘Firsts’- breaking unseen barriers-
serving in cabinet positions, permanent secretaries and heads of civil
service”, she said.
Other graduates from the school are renowned educationalists,
physicians and leaders in institutions of higher learning, added the
She also recognized the strong influence of the School based on its
strong Christian foundation and an all rounded holistic educational
The First Lady is the patron of the school that was founded by the
Scottish missionraies in 1948, as the premier African Girls High School
in Kenya for the African girl child.
At that time, the girls were drawn from diverse geographical, social
and economic backgrounds in Kenya and neighboring East African
Others who spoke at the function included Principal Secretary for
Education Dr. Bellio Kipsang, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Kikuyu MP
Kimani Ichung’wah, Board of Management chairman, and Principal Secretary
for Energy Engineer Joseph Njoroge and School Principal Mrs Dorothy
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