Isiolo, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 KNA
Fifty nine needy children from Isiolo and neighbouring counties have received sponsorship to pursue their secondary school education.
Thirty seven girls and twenty two boys received financing from the Star of Hope Association (SOHA) to pursue their secondary school education in various institutions across the country.
The four leading needy children who have joined top schools in the country received cheques for the whole year while the other fifty five have already been issued with cheques for the whole of this term.
SOHA Administrator General Sheikh Ahmed Sett appealed to politicians and other well-wishers to chip-in and compliment the government’s efforts to achieve 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school education.
“We call on politicians and other well-wishers to help other needy cases in the County and other drought stricken areas through complimenting the government in its effort to ensure no child stays out of school due to school fees or lack of food,” said the Administrator.
Speaking during the occasion of releasing the cheques to the beneficiaries, parents and guardians, Sheikh Sett further urged parents in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) to work hard to ensure their children remained in school to counter the negative statistics that indicated many children in the areas never complete primary education.
Presiding over the event, the Isiolo County Director for Education Ms. Aileen Mungiria hailed the association for chipping in to compliment government funding for secondary education by taking away the burden from parents and the government.
“The government is doing very much in education. It provides teachers, text books and Sh22, 240 per every school pupil besides funding for infrastructure and feeding programmes and we are happy that other organizations are chipping in to compliment the government,” said the County Director.
Ms. Mungiria disclosed that the government through the County Education Board has already recommended for the immediate establishment of four day secondary schools in Garba- Tulla and Merti Sub-counties to increase secondary school enrollment.
She further elaborated that no day secondary school pupil should be sent away from school for whatever reason because the government is paying their fees in full and they could as well carry their own lunch from home.