Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has lashed out at the Ministry of Education 100 percent transition program saying children are set to be dumped onto schools without the necessary infrastructure to host them.
Speaking in Bahati while issuing bursary cheques to more than 200 needy students in the area, Ngunjiri said a lot of schools are grappling with congestions yet little has been done to salvage the situation.
According to him, the need by the government to see children continue their education is a good initiative, however, he said foundation in infrastructure is key adding that it is of no use to issue cheques if students are going to live in deplorable conditions.
“Transition is in order but we should also ensure proper infrastructure in schools” said Ngunjiri.
He took issue with the ministry Cabinet Secretary George Magoha failure to initiate a data collection drive in most schools within the country as one of the ways to establish what is needed in terms of development.
Ngunjiri further observed that the continued wrangles between teacher’s employer and the union are negatively affecting the crucial sector calling for a truce among the two warring parties.
“We do not want to see the wrangles between TSC and KNUT. This is hindering productivity” he said.
Rosemary Kagotho a beneficiary of the bursary could not hide her joy after being granted Sh 94,000 for her nursing course at Kenya Medical Training College in Nakuru.
Having worked as a house help in Nairobi for over 8 years due to lack of school fees, Kagotho lamented of numerous missed opportunities to further her studies due to lack of fees.
“Opportunities were there but I could not study because I lacked school fee but with the bursary I know I will be able to study” she said.
Kagotho scored a B- (minus) in 2011 and had received a full scholarship from Bedfordshire University however efforts to raise Sh 90,000 for her air ticket proved futile forcing her to cancel her trip.
Fridah Muroki on her part is studying medical engineering at the same institution after being fully sponsored by the CDF bursary.
PHOTO/courtesy Hon.Ngunjiri official facebook:Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri during the issuance of bursary cheques to more than 200 needy students in the area.