Natembeya Pledges to Fulfill Founding President Education Promise  

Former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya in a joyful mood with 2 girls he paid school fees for at St Ann's Secondary school Kiminini

‘’Primary school education is now free for all, and my government will be working on fulfilling an election promise to extend that all primary school learners who will pass examinations will be admitted to secondary school’’, he said. Mr Natembeya

By David Musundi

Former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner who is now eying the office of governor has said poverty, illiteracy and diseases will be a thing of the past if he is elected as the governor of Trans Nzoia come 9th August 2022. It is indeed shocking seeing that none of these three ideals our founding President stood for 59 years ago has been addressed’’, he said.

Speaking to the media in Sinoko Secondary School in Cherangany Sub County in Trans Nzoia County after helping pay school fees for a learner who had not joined form one, he said he will prioritize bursary allocation to needy children. He said he had learned of the plight of the learner and others after the tour made by the State Department of University Education and Research, Mr Simon Nabukwesi where a number of those who had not joined secondary schools emerged. He said: The visit by the Permanent Secretary revealed that 203 class eight learners of 2021 had not joined form one this year.

 ‘’It is because of this that I have decided to have almost all of those who did not join form one do so through the George Natembeya foundation’’, he said. To make his pledge real, Mr Natembeya paid the whole year’s school fees for George Olando who had been picked to join form one at Sinoko Secondary School in Cherangany. Master Olando was on the verge of losing out on the chance to join form one due to the lack of school fees.

The former administrator urged well-wishers to pull up resources to ensure that all deserving students could attend high school. He made his solemn pledge of tackling the three big challenges of poverty, illiteracy and diseases. Leaders and professionals, he said, need to unite and pull up resources to create a prosperous future for learners from humble backgrounds. 

‘’Primary school education is now free for all, and my government will be working on fulfilling an election promise to extend that all primary school learners who will pass examinations will be admitted to secondary school’’, he said. Mr Natembeya said it would be extremely impossible for the country to achieve the 100 per cent transition if the situation was left unattended.

The prosperity of a nation according to Mr Natembeya is not measured by the number of millionaires but by the absence of poverty, the efficiency of public schools and the number of those who can read and write and communicate efficiently

He noted that so many orphans and other needy children had not been able to transit to secondary schools in 2019, 2020, 2021 and now 2022 due to the highest inflation rate. He expressed shock that many schools lacked electricity with teachers, especially in ECDE being underpaid yet left to manage hopelessly overcrowded classrooms.

The prosperity of a nation according to Mr Natembeya is not measured by the number of millionaires but by the absence of poverty, the efficiency of public schools and the number of those who can read and write and communicate efficiently. He said it was regrettable that Kenya’s politics is still beset by chronic self–serving infighting with political elites doing nothing to assist those in need.

He reminded residents ‘’ that bad leaders are elected by good people who refuse to take part in the democratic process of electing leaders’’ and implored the general public to come out in large numbers to validate changes. He said no one should engage in physical fights for any leader to be elected. He cautioned youths against being used by egocentric, gullible and insensitive leaders to cause mayhem and disruptions during this electioneering period.

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