May 18, 2022

State Defends slum students Affirmative Action

Education CS Geirge Magoha

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The state has defended the affirmative action to students from slums saying it gives them a chance to acquire quality education.

Education CS George Magoha said it was the only fair for students from poor backgrounds wil join national schools and compete with other students.

“Children from Kiandutu slums in Thika or those from Mji wa Huruma in Nairobi were given affirmative action to join national schools,” Magoha said. He was commissioning of a CBC classroom at Muchungucha secondary school, Murang’a.

Magoha added that the affirmative action is important to ensure the country enjoys peace.

The CS noted that the Kenyan middle-class who can afford private school take advantage.

“If you can afford to take your child to a private school, please do so that other less fortunate students get into the good public schools” he said. “If we don’t give affirmative action to some of these students, that will be the end of their dreams,” he added.

He lauded the President for introducing affirmative action and for providing money for 4,000 scholarships to needy students this year.

On the matter of CBC classrooms, the CS said that he expected that all classrooms in Murang’a are completed by April 20.

“In Murang’a, the classrooms are at 90 percent and they must be completed by April 20,” he stated. “We are rushing against time to complete phase one before schools reopen on April 25,” he added.

According to the CS, those contractors who have been efficient during the first phase of construction will be contracted during the second phase that is set to be done between May and July 2022.

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