Area MP also urges parents to stop outdated traditional vices, namely female genital mutilation and early marriages, to enable girls achieve their dreams and careers
By Albert Lemomo
Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi has cautioned school heads in his constituency to be more prudent with the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to ensure that the stature and infrastructure of their schools is improved.
“We are the custodians of our children’s future irrespective of where we are serving, because all these children look up to us. Therefore, as the fund’s manager in your schools, always ensure that the interests of the children are taken care of — whether it is increasing the number of classrooms to decongest the school; or building a new dormitory, laboratories, and toilets; or buying of school stationeries and making renovations. In the end, we will all rise to the level that we aspire as a nation. Therefore, the funds that you have received must be utilised following the outlined framework, whereby all parents and the management agree on priorities,” Memusi advised.
The area MP also urged parents in the constituency to stop outdated traditional vices, namely female genital mutilation and early marriages, to enable girls to have the same platform of achieving their dreams and careers as boys. “We are in the festive season and I know that most of our people tend to undertake the illegal activities of practicing FGM and early marriage, but I am humbly requesting our parents not to risk the lives of our young girls in a bid to get out of poverty. They should protect the girls from these vices as well as pregnancy, because we need all children back in class next year,” Memusi said.
Meanwhile, Kajiado Central Deputy County Commissioner Charles Wambugu has called for early preparations by parents with pupils who sat the KCPE examinations. “Even as we go for holidays, these parents should start preparing for next term. This is because as a government we have a 100 per cent transition policy that all children who sat for their examinations must join secondary schools despite the marks they attained. Those who performed dismally should join Technical and Vocational Education and Training, whereby they shall be equipped with skills and knowledge to help them become marketable in their areas of specialty.”
The DCC added that in the new year, national administration officials will be used to conduct a mop–up in their areas of jurisdiction to ensure no child was left out.
“We are only waiting for the first and second selection exercises to be concluded, and then identify all those remaining behind through chiefs and their assistants to ensure that even those from poor backgrounds will join the day secondary schools in their locality,” he said.