Babu Owino pays school fees to two needy secondary school students from his constituency
By Judy Jerono
Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has come to the rescue of two needy learners who had remained at home for lack of school fees.
The two students from Embakasi constituency will get full scholarships for their secondary education from their Member of Parliament.
The story of the two; Brian and Mercy whose parents could not raise their secondary school fees was aired on Citizen TV on Tuesday night, May 17.
On Wednesday May 18, The Embakasi member of Parliament posted a video on his social media accounts showing him together with the two students with their parents in his office having a discussion.
The legislator pledged to award the students with full scholarship for their secondary school education adding that he did not know what the two learners were going through.
“Following the story aired on Citizen TV yesterday about 2 students from Embakasi East who have lacked fees to join FORM 1 that I was not aware of, I have today met the students with their parents and awarded them full scholarship for their Secondary School education. May God bless my people of Embakasi East Republic,” he stated.
Brian is aspiring to be a surgeon, while Mercy said that she desires to study law.
At the same time, Owino assured that he will award two more students from his constituency for Secondary school full scholarship.
School fees have been found to be a significant barrier to educational enrolments deterring poorer parents from sending their children to school.
However, early this term in his announcement, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha assured that no child would be sent home over lack of fees.
He further appealed to the public schools’ head teachers, not to send away learners for lack of school fees.
Magoha said that the Constitution provides that primary education is free and compulsory and, therefore, no learner should be turned away for lack of fees.