The Star (Nairobi)

4 January 2014

Kenya: Awiti Promises to Pay Fees for Top KCPE Coast Pupils

well done! Nyali MP Awiti Bolo congratulates the top girl in Mombasa county, Almas Mwana- hawa, at Nyali St Kevin Elite school on Thursday. Nyali MP Awiti Bolo has said he will give a full year's secondary school scholarship to the top four students at the Coast in the 2013 KCPE.

The four, Junior Mtemwa, Titus Kimatu, Dorcus Wanza and Almasi Mwanahawa, are all from St Kevin Elite in Nyali constituency. Six of the other top ten students in Mombasa county, who are all from St Kevin Elite, will each have half of their Form One school fees paid by the MP.

"We are doing this because we want to challenge other pupils in other schools to work harder," said Bolo at the school on Thursday. The school's proprietor, Kevin Nyongesa, said he will continue striving to bring out the best from his pupils. "With discipline, hard work and God, we believe we will do it again this year," he said.

Bolo said public and private schools must compete. He said though private schools have an edge over public ones in terms of logistics and infrastructure, this should not be used as an excuse for poor performance. "It is all about how a school is managed. We want to change the education sector in Nyali for the better," Bolo said.

Mkomani ward representative Opeya Okoth however said the number of pupils in public schools should not be ignored as a factor that leads to poor quality education. "This is a reality that people should come to terms with. Managing a huge number of pupils in a class is not easy," he said.

Okoth said the Mombasa county and national governments need to build more classes in public schools and employ more teachers.

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