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ACK Sponsored Schools Hold A Colourful Education Day In Thika.

Former Commissioner at Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) Kamotho Waiganjo has underscored the importance of parents, teachers and the clergy in molding the lives of the children under their care.  He said that the three were their children’s learning models and their words and actions could inspire them and show these kids how to take charge of their own educational and life journey.

Speaking at the Thika ACK Memorial Academy Grounds during the church’s Education and Prize Giving Day, Waiganjo said that, as the models to these children, they had a tremendous impact and influence in the lives of their children and those who are in their care.

“I think that, as parents, we underestimate the role that our words play to our children’s lives. Even when they seem not to listen to us or seem not to care, in that moment when they are lost, in that moment that they are seeking, they will remember those consistent words you said to them. I also want to say this to teachers, you have a tremendous impact and influence on your students. They may never tell you but you definitely leave a permanent mark into their lives,” said Waiganjo.

The lawyer pointed out that the church too had a very important role to play in the society especially in inculcating the right values and taking the society back to the right morals. Otherwise, he noted that, for the society to respect the clergy, they (clergy) should set a good example that could be emulated.

Speaking at the same venue, Mt. Kenya Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Julius Wanyoike disagreed with the Ministry of Education’s introduction to schools of the comprehensive sexual education that was aimed at empowering students with appropriate information and skills to help them make informed choices about their sexuality. He argued that the government ought to have consulted the church before embarking on its implementation.

“As we applaud the good work the minister is doing to improve the standard of education in our schools, he seems to be everywhere. It may be important for him to settle and look into the critical issues. We find it as a failure for schools to undertake a curriculum that has not been approved by the relevant authorities. The comprehensive sex education being implemented by some schools is unacceptable for the morals being engrained in such teachings are unacceptable in our society. We cannot allow primary school children being taught how behave in a certain sexual activity,” said Wanyoike.

He also disagreed on the suggestion by the Ministry to pay school chaplains saying that this role should be left to the faith organisations for they were better placed to deal with religious matters.

The occasion saw all ACK sponsored school within the diocese that runs across both Kiambu and Murang’a Counties being represented. There were 10 secondary schools, 20 primary schools, 13 of them being from the public sector and one tertiary institution, the Christian Industrial Training College (CITC).

Thika Memorial School and Muthuri Primary School scooped the overall best private and public schools after scoring a mean score of 363.95 and 260.73 respectively in last year’s KCPE examinations.

Kairi Secondary School in Gatundu North, Kiambu County emerged the best in the secondary schools category.

Jungle Foundation, which is headed by a 2017 Thika Town Constituency Candidate Patrick Wainaina, donated trophies for the winners and a cash token of sh. 10,000 for each of the winners and runners up.

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