Parents of needy learners in Trans Nzoia County have expressed concern over the manner the Ministry of Education was implementing the 100 percent transition education initiative.
Speaking to the press at a bursary issuance event at Amagoro village in Kimini Sub County on Tuesday, they said whereas they were in agreement the initiative was the best and in fact long overdue, some had reservations over its manner of implementation.
“Our government should know several parents who are faced with unique challenges that compel their children to remain home have resorted to hiding for fear of being arrested,” alleged Mrs. Linet Wafula.
Wafula, who is a widow, told journalists she is unable to raise cash to meet fees and accompanying academic needs for her children.
“The untimely death of my husband through a road accident, coupled with
poor harvest and harsh economic realities brought about by Covid-19, have left me in very awkward situation,” said the widow.
Another parent who spoke on condition of anonymity narrated how her only son had on several occasions attempted suicide due to her inability to raise money to fund his education.
“My son has attempted to take his life by hanging three times,” noted
In order to evade the law, some of the parents revealed how they had been forced to move their children to far away towns to engage in menial jobs, such as house helps.
I allowed my daughter to leave for Nairobi where she has engaged as a house help. I expect her to help me fend for her siblings since I am a single parent without a job,” disclosed a frustrated parent.
Speaking to the press, Cliff Wanjala, a student who is living with disability, shared his frustrations for failing to enroll at St. Vincent Secondary School Kiminini, due to his parents’ failure to raise first term fees.
“I sat KCPE at Kiminini Primary school and scored 217 marks. However, I have been unable to pursue my academic dream due to lack of fees,” said Wanjala who appealed to well-wishers to come to his aid.
In the meantime, a group of well-wishers led by Dr. Joseph Wafula, who is an aspirant for Kiminini parliamentary seat, came to the rescue of some needy learners in the area.
During Tuesday’s event, Wafula handed bursary cheques to a total of 16 needy students drawn from different parts of Kiminini Constituency.
Wafula urged the National Treasury to increase allocation towards
bursary, in order to enable many needy students enroll in secondary
However, speaking to Kenya News Agency (KNA) on Thursday, Trans Nzoia County Director of Education Mrs. Salome Maina hailed successful implementation of the hundred percent transition initiative in the area amid certain challenges.
“The County is at 92.91 percent transition rate as per Wednesday
before students broke out for half term,” revealed Mrs. Maina.
According to data in her office, Trans Nzoia East Sub County was ahead
at 104 percent, followed by Kiminini and Trans Nzoia West at 96 and 94
Kwanza Sub County was at 84, while Endebess trailed at 76 percent.
The CDE told KNA the department would enhance mopping exercises to
ensure all eligible learners from the county were in school.
“When schools resume from half term, my officers will continue with the mopping exercise,” added Maina who appealed to parents facing challenges to notify her office through education officers who are spread across the county.