Don’t send bright students home over arrears, Machakos principals urged

John Mackenzie addressing Tala High School students.

Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) Matungulu chapter Chairman John Mackenzie has urged school Principals not to send bright but needy students home over school fees arrears.

Speaking in Tala during the issuance of bursaries by Matungulu MP Stephen Mule at the constituency’s NG-CDF offices, Mackenzie advised them to instead help them find financial assistance.

“When you see a capable kid, don’t send them home. Leave them and talk to the MP or MCA and help the child and your efforts will not be in vain. When I was at Machakos School, I noted some students who had not registered for exams were at home and among the students was Dr. Andrew Mulwa. I called him back to school and registered for the exam. Believe me, he was the first student to get an A in Machakos county,” he said.

Mackenzie, who is also the Director at Mackenzie Educational Centre, disclosed that he once paid school fees for Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang while he was a student at Kapsabet Boys.

He said that during that period he was the Principal and because Kipsang was a bright student, he could not watch him stay at home due to lack of fees.

Mackenzie said that he was forced to take money from the school and cover his school fees.

“There are many influential people whom I have paid school for, I will not name all of them but PS Belio Kipsang is one of them. I would take money from the school and pay his fees and seeing him now makes me proud and I know he is also proud of me because I gave him a chance,” he said.

By Agnes Orang’o

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