Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino on Wednesday, May 18 offered full scholarships to two candidates who sat the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) following a featu
The lawmaker confirmed that Brian and Mercy were from his constituency and had not known of their plight until their plight was highlighted. He added that their mother, a single parent was unable to raise fees for them.
"When I saw their story on TV yesternight, I decided to look for them in Tassia. I want to assure Kenyans and the people of Embakasi East that I am going to educate these children," the legislator stated.
"I am going to give them a scholarship so that they can learn from form one to form four without paying any single cent. I can assure them that education is the key and will help you help your families," he added.
Brian and Mercy scored 398 and 361 marks respectively and received calling letters frombMoi High School Mbiruri, Embu, and St. Alberts Girls' High School in Ulanda, Migori county.
Their mother, Grace Mukabana admitted that she is unable to pay school fees for her children as she lost her job. Furthermore, the woman is overwhelmed by the high cost of living with her menial jobs not paying enough to foot bills and pay school fees.
"I lost my job in 2021, and have been doing laundry jobs for sustenance. It is not enough and I even struggle with rent and rely on well-wishers to step in," Mukabana stated.
She added that her children were unable to secure the Elimu Scholarship offered by the government given that they had sat the national exam in a private school - Glory Learning Centre in Tassia
Mukabana explained that attending the school was facilitated by a well-wisher, who catered for their fees after their father passed on. Efforts to secure other scholarships also proved futile.
"Everyone keeps on asking us why we have not yet reported to school and I tell them that we will," Mercy stated. "I also have a friend who is in the same situation as me, we meet up sometimes and encourage each other," Brian added.
Brian declared that he aspires to pursue a degree in surgery in future while his sister wants to become a lawyer. With the scholarship in place, the two ambitious students now have a chance to chase their dreams.
Education CS George Magoha has been on a nationwide mission in search of students who have not yet reported to school in line with the 100 per cent transition policy. On May 16, he ensured two candidates from a slum in Nakuru reported to school in the county.
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