Residents of Machakos County have been urged to support education and warned against exploiting bright kids.Caring Hearts High School director Vincent Kituku while addressing the press expressed his concerns on the matter.
According to Kituku, there are rich people who are exploit these children instead of helping and mentoring them.He also called on anyone in a position to educate a kid to do so. “educating a kid will go a long way in bettering the community.”
“There are bright kids who have been employed as maids, houseboys and even groundsmen by people who can cater for their education,let’s all promote education by ensuring we lend a helping hand to these kids,”said Kituku.
Kituku further noted that the education level in the county was going down. He attributed this to the fact that bright kids from poor backgrounds could not access education thus resultin to manual jobs. He urged well wishers to sponsor kids that have passed their exams and can’t further due to lack of funds.
“Educating a child is the best investment we can make as a country since it’s the key to success and eradicating poverty,” he insisted. The director also urged legislators and the county government to ensure they give substantial bursaries that will cushion parents from the high school fees.
“Giving sh.4500 to a high school kid whose fee is over fifty thousand shilling is like a drop in the ocean,that kid will be sent home within no time”,he said.
He said that his institution fully sponsors forty needy students every year to join form one and he’s proud since 18 students will join university for passing exceptionally.
According to EFA Global monitoring, net enrollment at primary school is 81.5% while net enrollment rates to secondary schools at 69.1%. This has been a huge concern for the government which has put in place measures to ensure 100% transition in 2019.
He observed that out of the forty students who sat for their exams last year only one student who didn’t sit for the exams did not make it to college. Kituku addressed the media as he presented the eighteen kids with cheques on Saturday.