A schoolgirl who spent the whole of Wednesday carrying a heavy banner begging for school fees on Nairobi streets now has a reason to smile after receiving help from well-wishers.
15-year-old Mellan Njeri Njuguna a form two student at Kihumbu-ini Secondary School in Murang’a County was sent home on September 10 over Sh29,177 school fees arrears.
A day after sharing her plight, the student received assistance that will see her pursue her dreams.
When we caught up with her at Affecto Foundation in Ruiru that took up her case, happiness was written on her face, her mother Ann Wangechi Mureithi was in tears.
“Her story was painful and for any parent like me, she was feeling that her education is coming to an end and she needs to fight for that opportunity. It’s sad that in future that education will perhaps be only for the? privileged” Ndungu Nyoro, founder and team leader of Affecto Foundation told The Standard.
“We called the school just to confirm that she is student and it is true that she had been having challenges for several terms and we felt that she deserves chance and no child show be denied that right to education” he added.
Nyoro said that the foundation has cleared the fees arrears and have written to the school indicating that it will sponsor her until she clears and beyond.
“We will also assist her in terms of guidance and mentorship around this foundation at the same time we will be inviting experts to come and mentor her and others we have now that she is now under that program in this family,” he explained.
Nyoro said his foundation mostly focus on high school education under Watoto Wasome tagline adding that education is greatest equalizer and so far have sponsored over 100 students in four years with first cohort expected to join university this year.
Njeri says her wish is to pursue fashion design and modeling once she clears her studies.
“I’m grateful and I thank God for that, I have been struggling by all means being sole breadwinner. I didn’t get chance like her because my family was unable to raise funds. I will try my best to see Njeri and her siblings get best education that I didn’t get”, said Ann Wangechi Mureithi, the student’s mother
Nyoro said that anyone assisting a needy student is breaking poverty chain in the society and empowering community through education.
“The standard of living has gone up to an extent that and we have people in society who cannot even afford a meal that is why we assist one another” said Nyoro.
Kakamega Woman Kills Husband Over Co-wife, Solar Panel
A Kakamega woman has admitted to murdering her husband after he disconnected their solar panel from her house and fitting it in her co-wife house.
Before the High Court in Kakamega, Joy Trizar Shitubi pleaded guilty to the charge of man-slaughtering her husband on October 26, 2017 at Emachoni village.
“I stabbed my husband Joseph Waboko Mbayi on the material date without malice aforethought,” said Shitubi who had entered a plea bargain deal with the prosecution to plead guilty for manslaughter instead of the more serious murder charge.
Narrating her ordinance, Shitubi explained she was preparing food for dinner when her husband, Mbayi came and disconnected the solar panel from her house and took it to the first wife’s house.
According to her, her husband later returned back and grabbed her by the neck and started strangling her when she protested against the action of snatching the solar panel from her and could not reveal where its charger was.
“I struggled to come out of the strangling but he hit me in the face and tried to grab the knife I was using to peel tomatoes from my hand,” she said. “Amidst the struggle I unfortunately happened to stab him with the knife in the chest fatally injuring him.”
Meanwhile, the sister to Mbayi, Ester, who witnessed the incident claims that her brother was provoked to start the fight when her sister-in-law could not reveal where she had kept the charger to the solar panel.
She confirmed that her brother hit Joy on the face with a fist and a struggle ensued between them leading to the fatal stab. The first wife said Mbayi went to her co-wife’s house and disconnected the solar plate that had initially been installed in her house. She added that after her husband returned the solar panel back to her house and went back to Shitubi’s house to collect the charger.
“I later heard screams of a child coming from the house and when I went, I found our husband lying on the floor with blood coming from his chest,” she said.
When cop Jael Kwamboka, from Mahondo Administration Police Post arrested Shitubi as Mbayi was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to autopsy report, the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.
CS George Magoha Asks School Heads Not To Chase Away Students With Arrears
George Magoh, the Education Cabinet Secretary has urged school headmasters not sack students from school due to school fees arrears.
According to Magoh, before Friday government will drop the school capitation.
The Education Cabinet Secretary speaking at Kisii yesterday said no student will be sent home due to lack of school fees.
Mr George Magoh addressed a gathering at the launch of junior secondary school classrooms phase two at Kereri Girls.
“We are all sailing in the same boat where we are struggling with harsh economic times. The price of basic commodities has gone high and this affects all of us, even at the family level,” he said.
Mr Magoh made an appeal to school headmasters to use available resources to make sure that students remain in school.
“We have school feeding programmes in day schools, let us support those critical cases stay in school. We must admit the students to school and give parents an opportunity to pay school fees. Those of us who have already cleared paying fees for our children have gone an extra mile to pay fees for other needy cases, which is a welcome move,” he said.
According to him, the capitation programme changed because of the affected school calendar. “President Uhuru and my ministry will work extra hard to ensure that we have released the funds on time,” he said.
Magoha assured that government will soon finish the building of 10,000 junior secondary school classrooms on time.
“We will deliver the classrooms before we leave the office. No money that belongs to our children will go to waste,” he said.
A further 5,000 classrooms will be constructed. He warned private developers who have grabbed land belonging to schools.