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Revised 2021-2022 fee structure will not affect smooth run of secondary schools-PS Jwan

Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan who spoke in Nakuru on Monday said the move was based on the reduced term dates.

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Basic Education PS Julius Jwan addressing journalists at Moi Primary school,Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Ministry of Education  has assured school heads and parents that the new 2021-2022 revised fee structure for secondary schools will not in any way affect the smooth run of schools.

Basic Education Principal Secretary Julius Jwan said the move was based on the reduced term dates.

The PS who spoke in Nakuru on Monday after assessing post-covid 19 preparedness in schools, urged secondary schools heads to adhere to the revised fee structure and avoid charging any extra cost.

He was quick to note that the reduction was not made on the tuition money that is always disbursed to the national, county and extra county schools hence normal operations in schools.Basic Education

“Because the term dates were reduced, we decided also to extend the same to parents through reduction of fees. We did not reduce the tuition fee that we always disburse to schools and therefore normal operations in schools will go on” said Jwan.

This, even as the government also reiterated commitment towards 100 percent transition rate from primary to secondary schools.

PS Jwan revealed that the Ministry has continued to engage Equity Group Foundation towards realization of the same.

In Nakuru County’s informal settlements over 700 applications were received for the Equity’s Elimu Scholarship of whom 210 were shortlisted for interviews and 126 were successful.

The PS also assured that efforts are in place to ensure the selected 126 join boarding schools as per the Ministry’s policy with all needs catered for.

“The government is committed to 100 percent transition. We have had good engagement with equity and already 126 from Nakuru County under the Elimu Scholarship will be proceeding to secondary” he said.

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Suspected phone snatchers burnt to death in Nakuru town

Confirming the incident, Nakuru East Sub county Police Commander Ellena Kabukuru said the two teenagers were burnt together with the motorbike where one of them succumbed to the injuries while the other was saved by police and taken to Nakuru Level 5 for treatment.

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The scene of the incident.PHOTO/James Mbulo.

Suspected phone thieves were burnt to death by an angry mob at Shell on Geoffrey Kamau section of the Nakuru – Eldoret Highway while his accomplice managed to flee on a motorbike.

According to witnesses, two teenagers snatched a phone from a middle-aged woman who was on a phone call within the Nakuru central business district.

She raised an alarm attracting members of the public who pursued them using the Odeon – Highway Tower route and cornered them after a trailer declined to give them a way.

Confirming the incident, Nakuru East Sub-county Police Commander Ellena Kabukuru called on members of the public not to take the law into their hands.

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Religious leaders, parents weigh in on rising unrest in schools

Addressing journalists at Bondeni AIC during a charity event, the clergy argued that the unrest in schools calls for concerted effort among stakeholders to address the same.

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A school dormitory on fire.PHOTO/Courtesy.

A section of religious leaders have weighed in on the ongoing cases of unrest in schools, calling for stern measures to address the same.

Addressing journalists at Bondeni AIC during a charity event, the clergy argued that the unrest in schools calls for concerted effort among stakeholders to address the same.

Led by Rev.Gilbert Olang’, said failure by society to adhere to the virtues in life has also contributed to the same.

According to the clergy, it is high time that the corporal punishment that was abolished should be re-introduced.

They noted that those who went through the times of corporal punishment in schools are different in life as compared to the current generation where children are living in a free world.

“We have lost the value of humanity. The society is kind of not strong hence then children are not having good pillars to stand on. I think we should go back to the virtues and also think of re-introducing the corporal punishment.” said Rev Olang’.

Sentiments echoed by Mr.Alex Njoroge-a parent and Chairman Malaika Initiative Project at Bondeni AIC that takes care of vulnerable children.

Njoroge noted that there is something wrong with parenting in the community and society at large.

He called on parents to up their parenthood responsibility and ensure they help them psychologically and mentally and avert domestic conflicts which might be replicated to the children while in school.

“As parents we have a responsibility to ensure we offer guidance to children. We should also avert conflicts at home as this might be copied by children who turn violent in schools” said Njoroge.

Cases of unrest in schools have been on the rise in various parts of the country with several schools being torched.

The latest incidents in that of Kakamega High school where two dormitories were set burnt down by fire with already 16 students arrested over the same.

Other schools which have experienced fires in the last few weeks are Buruburu Girls, Chavakali Boys in Vihiga County and Kanjuri High School in Nyeri.

The Ministry of Education has bowed to pressure and allowed schools to go for mid-term from 19th to 23rd of November even though this second term had no such plans for mid-term.

 

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Joy as a group of police officers donate foodstuffs, non-food items to vulnerable children at Bondeni AIC

Founder Malaika Initiative Project at Bondeni Ms Grace Mukami on her part lauded the group of officers for the gesture.

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The donation by a group of Police Officers.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

A group of police officers in the country have continued to put a smile on faces of the vulnerable in society.

Dubbed ‘Detail 79 Investment Group’, the group is made up of officers who graduated from Kiganjo Police Training College in 2001.

Since then, the group has been doing various charity work as a way of making a better society where everyone is living in a dignified manner.

Speaking to journalists in Nakuru on Saturday during a donation of foodstuffs and non food items by the group to AIC Bondeni’s Malaika Initiative Project (taking care of vulnerable children), D79 Chairman John Irungu stated that they are 300 officers who have been supporting each other as well as community.

The group of officers has been able to do more than four charity initiatives in various communities where they operate.

He appealed to the society to embrace the vulnerable groups in society so that they can feel to be fully part of the society.

“As officers we felt it good to also touch the lives of the vulnerable in society and that is why we have been doing this charity work in various areas of our operation. We call on everyone in the society to embrace the vulnerable, for that is the only way that they will feel part of the society” he said.

Founder Malaika Initiative Project at Bondeni Ms Grace Mukami on her part lauded the group of officers for the gesture.

She noted that since establishment of the project in 2015,they have been relying on the church and well wishers for support.

According to her, the project has faced many challenges among them funding but with the help from the church and well-wishers, they have been able to survive.

Mukami called on the society to embrace the project and assist the vulnerable children to feel as part of the society.

“We are grateful to the well-wishers and the church for the continued support. We all have a role to embrace these children who are vulnerable” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Chairman Malaika Initiative Alex Njoroge who stated that the Project has been key in transforming the lives of the vulnerable children in society.

He was however quick to note that the project calls for love, patience and consistency adding that he is optimistic that the project will be spread to other parts of the country so that many vulnerable children can be reached.

“Since the project commenced, we have seen a lot of transformation and we hope that it will spread to other parts of the country” said Njoroge.

On his part Rev. Gilbert Olang’ in-charge of the AIC Bondeni, called for respect for the vulnerable children.

He said the church has also continued to show love towards the children who are under the Malaika Initiative Project.

“God wants us to show love, compassion to such vulnerable children and as followers of Jesus Christ we have a choice to respond to unsettled realities such as the vulnerable can be useful” he said.

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