Young girls should not be exposed to smart phones while still in school, Kilifi woman MP Getrude Mbeyu has advised.
Speaking after issuing full scholarships to 56 students joining national schools from Kilifi on Friday at Karisa Maitha grounds, Mbeyu said access to smart phones by young girls exposes them to adult content.
“My office will pay for the education of these brilliant kids but I want you parents to make sure they do not access phones. There are so many decisive things that could easily sway off our girls from concentrating in their exams. Through phones our girls could easily be lured to sex traps,” said Mbeyu.
The woman representative through the National Government Affirmative Action Fund NG-AAF paid full year fees for all the 56 students totalling to Ksh2.8 million.
The scholarship also included shopping and transport expenses for the students.
“You will not pay anything. Your responsibility will only be learning. I don’t want any of you to be out of school and that’s why I will buy even set books and pay any other fees that have not been included in the fee structure,” Mbeyu added.
Mbeyu warned that any student who will score below a C+ grade in their end year exams will be scrapped off from the program.
The office so far has 51 students in form two in different national schools.
Kilifi county commissioner Magu Mutindika advised the students against engaging in behaviours that would derail their performance.
“You are going to meet other students from different background. Make sure you do what you went there to do. Do not copy bad behaviours,” said Muntindika.
Mbeyu urged the government to increase the education fund in the office of woman reps in the country.
“My budget was 50 students but I got 6 students who needed assistance badly. Some are total orphans while one girl who scored 411 marks was being asked to repeat because there was no school fees. If we could get at least Ksh10 million for education this would give us much relief,” Mbeyu said