MP bans use of NG-CDF to buy school buses

By Enock Okong’o 

Kitutu Masaba Constituency MP Clive Ombane Gisairo has asked school heads to shun from buying buses at the expense of other important facilities with more urgency.

The MP who was addressing Principals from Nyamira county led by Kenya Secondary School Heads Assocation (KESSHA) Branch Chairman Mr Job Oira, teachers and students at St. Pauls Gekano secondary school said that improved infrastructure was a prerequisite for academic excellence but important learning facilities such as laboratories, libraries and classrooms ought to prioritized.

“I am not against buses being bought for our schools but I wonder how it can be of more importance to a school with dilapidated roofs,” he said.

Nyamira County KESSHA Mr. Job Oira. Photo Enock Okong’o.

The MP pointed out one ward from his Constituency which has 8 school buses but posted one B+ (plus) in the 2021 KCSE examinations.

“I challenge you to open your eyes and ponder on the logic and rationale of this venture,” he said.

Ombane pledged Ksh. 10 million towards the completion of the school’s modern dormitory and promised that his office will continue improving facilities in other schools within the constituency.

The MP told students to remain focused in their studies in order to excel in their examination and in turn place them in careers of their choice.

He also asked teachers to identify and nurture students’ talents. He singled out the school’s Chief Principal Albert Ombiro whom he said had improved sports standards since his arrival at the school three years ago.

“He has made a good impact in sports which is part and parcel of improvement of learners’ academic standards,” he said.

Hon. Ombane (sitting) being introduced by the Principal of St. Pauls Gekano Boys’ School. Photo Enock Okong’o.

Praising the school’s age and potential, the MP challenged the Principal to use similar tactics he uses in sports to turn the institution into an academic centre of excellence.

He asked school leavers and graduates who had not secured jobs yet, to join local technical institutes to add value to their certificates by gaining skills that will give them an edge in the job market.

The legislator urged them to shed the negative attitude of regarding technical institutes as belonging to those who failed their examinations.

On the same breath, he decried the low enrollment of students at Kitutu Masaba Technical and Vocational Training Institute that he claimed had 165 students yet it had the capacity to accommodate 1,000 learners.

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