A total of 21 girls who sat for the last Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) from Poor backgrounds can now breathe a sigh of relief after a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) offered them full secondary school sponsorship.
The Narok County Children Director Pilot Khaemba said the organization dubbed ‘Light of Life’ worked closely with their office to identify the needy cases in the society before shortlisting the beneficiaries.
“We worked with the chiefs, village elders and church leaders to identify the neediest children in their areas before recruiting the 21 girls,” he said.
Khaemba called on all organizations giving bursaries to prioritize children from poor backgrounds, saying some children are extremely needy and their parents cannot afford to take them to school.
The children’s director said over 8000 children who sat for the last national examination have not reported to school despite having received an admission letter saying most of the cases could be due to lack of school fees.
“I request parents to take children to school, with or without uniform or school fees so that the children can be accounted for instead of continuing to waste time at home as their colleagues continue with school work,” said the children director.
At the same time, the officer lamented the increased cases of early pregnancies, which mostly involve teenage boys and girls, in secondary schools.
“The boy who impregnates the young girl could go unpunished because they are both minors. However, I call upon elders in the society to help in guiding and counseling the young children so that they can be responsible people in the society,” he said.
Narok County Pastors fellowship chairperson Bishop Peter Nakola asked parents to be responsible for their children when they come home for midterm to curb cases of defilement and early marriages.