Agony of stranded learners from marginalized areas
Agony of stranded learners from marginalized areas. Today marks the third week since the Form One students reported at different schools. In many schools, Form One students have covered a few content as pertained to the school syllabus.
In a plan from the Government to achieve 100% transition to secondary schools, it has emerged that some learners are still back at home with no means to report to various secondary schools of their selection. This comes when the school fees issue has arised in many learners who were supposed to join Form One.
Bright but needy students are highly affected. From our media team we happened to reach one student still at home, Elvis Komei. Elvis Komei scored 412 marks in his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) but has not yet reported. From our survey the poverty within the family was alarming an indication that they could not afford his school fees. Komei is confused whether to repeat Class Eight again for the third time.
From the Ministry of Education, Permanent Secretary Belio Kipsang, he said that the government is on course to weed out learners out of class using the Unique Personal Information (UPI). This measure is likely to curb the absenteeism within learners missing to joining secondary schools.
However the move still needs time which is not favourable for the learners since they are missing much in school work which will need time for coverage. Since many of this learners are in marginalized areas with low accessibility.
Therefore the area Chiefs are asked to be vigilant and provide the names of needy students still at home to education offices. In this way the government and well wishers can get access to this learners for help. Since education is the weapon for fighting poverty and low-lifes.
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