- “As a school we are growing in population hence the need for more infrastructure especially high rise buildings since land for expansion is becoming scarce, and these are some of the issues we need the media to help address so that we can get reprieve from CDF and other relevant quarters”- (BOM) chairman Francis Murambi
By Andanje Wakhungu
Friend’s School Malava Girls has set up a scholarship programme to sponsor bright and needy students admitted to the institution. The school management led by Principal Rose Abuko and board of management (BOM) chairman Francis Murambi said that already 17 students were benefiting from the programme that is set to run annually. The chairman said they came up with the idea after they received requests from many girls whose parents were unable to raise school fees.
“As a school we felt the need to support their education, they scored good marks (300 and above) and were unable to raise money for a full set of uniforms among other necessities needed and we decided to support them fully while for others it will be partially.” The programme accommodated all the 15 girls who reported to the school without school fees, we will be admitting the same or even more starting next year. The board chairman also called on the media to report positively on the school’s progress stating that education was a sensitive matter that if misreported can bring a lot of repercussions to many stakeholders.
“As a school we are growing in population hence the need for more infrastructure especially high rise buildings since land for expansion is becoming scarce, and these are some of the issues we need the media to help address so that we can get reprieve from CDF and other relevant quarters”. The school principal Rose Abuko hailed the support the CDF has granted them so far and wished for the full reinstatement of the constituency funds to assist the parents in fee payment.
“We are experiencing hard economic times that have seen most parents unable to fully pay school fees but with the availability of bursaries both at the county and national level, parents get cushioned a little bit enabling students to stay in school. “We have been one of the beneficiaries of the fund and we know our MP Malulu Injendi has this school in his heart in terms of bursary and infrastructure development”.
She said they were also getting support from the Kakamega county WR Elsie Muhanda who was personally paying fees for one girl at the institution. Our County WR Mp is education oriented and she supports early mother’s back school campaigns within the county to ensure that our girls access education despite the challenges faced as young mothers.”
The manager urged more well-wishers to come on board and support their initiative of uplifting the girl child’s education to enable them to become responsible citizens and be able to compete effectively in the job market as their male counterparts.
These girls besides school fees have personal needs to be catered for and that is why we are encouraging any well-wisher to chip in and assist in any way possible we have other girls in forms 2 to 4 who we are partially supported. As a school, she added; we enrolled 109 form ones with a total population of 505 students and we are proud of 2022 KCSE results which we recorded a mean of 4.7 and we honour our result scarcity care legit”.