Seven students from Twinkle Stars Academy in Kaloleni Constituency who were called to join national schools in last year’s KCPE have been awarded a one year full scholarship by the school.
Each of the students was given shs54, 000 school fees plus shs3000 bus fare. They scored above 400 marks with the leading one having 428 marks and the last one 403 marks.
Speaking during the awarding ceremony at the school on Thursday, Director Joyce Masha said the move was meant to appreciate student for delivering good performance in the exams.
However, Masha said she also supports a number of children who come from poor backgrounds.
“I support a number pupils who come from poor families, others are orphans. And some of them did the KCPE and performed well. I felt it was also good for me to award the best students who come from well off families together with those who are under my care, to thank them for lifting the name of our school and encourage them to work harder,” said Masha.
According to Masha four out of the seven best pupils had fee challenges.
Kilifi County Executive committee member for Education and ICT Professor Gabriel Katana said the move will ensure that all children go to school despite their status in the society.
“This is a good gesture for us as a County to see that pupils who have performed well in the national examinations can directly benefit from their schools. The move will push us steps ahead to ensure that no bright child will not go to school because the parents cannot raise school fees,” said Prof Katana.
He urged other schools in the County to copy the gesture to personally support vulnerable children among themselves.
“Schools should learn from this gesture and know that there are poor children among them, whether it is a private school or a public school and they should support their bright and poor pupils attain their dreams in education. They should not be neglected because they have left the schools and they have performed well and there is no one to go to school,” he said.
The Education boss said the County Government will cheap in to support the pupils in case they encounter any school fees challenges.
Head teacher Twinkle Star Academy Swaleh Juma said the school had 51 candidates .Out of that only two scored below 250 marks and 8 pupils got below 300 marks. The school improved its performance from a mean score of 326 in 2017 to 338 in 2018.
“2018 was our year of performance despite some challenges that we went through. We are aiming at attaining a mean score of 400 this” said Juma.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Elnorah Mangi applauded the move by the Director and said it had reduced the burden that they would go through in making sure that their children go to the respective schools.
“It was going to be hard for some of us to get all the money to take our children to school but the Director has moved us one step ahead. It is not easy to pay one year school fees for a child in National school. We thank God for them and it is a gesture that it has never happened in any primary school,” said Mangi.