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Education CS ‘Awards’ Thika Town MP With The Coveted Matiangi’s Grade A.

Education CS Fred Matiang'i  (in navy blue suit), Thika West DCC Tom Anjere (Centre), Energy PS Eng Joseph Njoroge, Thika MP Alice Ng'ang'a (partly hidden) and Thika CDF chairperson Ephraim Njihi hold a cheque of Ksh 32m meant for bursaries of 6200 students.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ‘awarded’ Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a with the coveted Matiangi’s Grade A for what he described as exemplary performance in her pursuit to improve the education standards in the constituency.

Speaking at Chania Boys High School in Thika West Sub-County during the presentation of bursaries amounting to Ks. 32, 043 347 to over 6,000 needy students, Matiang’i noted that while majority of MPs in other parts of the country were whining and mourning, Hon. Alice had rolled up her sleeves and worked hard to develop the infrastructure in her schools and ensure that all needy children in her constituency accessed school fees to enable them pursue their education.

“If at all there were medals to be given to MPs, huyu angepata A ya Matiang’i. I have been privileged to visit very many schools in this country and when I compare the work that your MP has done here, I can tell without a doubt that this is probably one of the best MPs in the Kenyan Parliament. Her work is visible enough,” said the Education CS.

He reckoned that hers was impactful leadership that changed the people’s lives whose proceeds would be witnessed in the near future.

Towards this end, the CS promised to assist the MP improve on the infrastructure in several schools in Thika Sub-County that were in dire need of improvement. The CS said that his ministry would inject Ksh. 5 million to Kenyatta Girls Secondary School (Ksh. 5 million). Kianjau Primary School in Kiandutu was among other schools that would also benefit with the ministry’s assistance.

Matiang’i rebuked as counterproductive, the Kenyan culture where adults started teaching children there were shortcuts to life’ challenges. He reminded them that our fore fathers worked very hard to attain our independence so that everyone got an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams through hard work and honesty.

The CS reminded both the teachers and parents that they had a collective obligation to raise children and provide them with the best environment for learning.

“Children are our greatest gift from God. They are our responsibility and we should raise them collectively to get the best out of them. But we have developed a very bad culture as Kenyans where we want to train our children that there are other easier ways to success other than working hard. This culture is messing up our children and will definitely destroy our future,” said the CS.

Matiang’i pointed out that as a country, the government had invested heavily in education than any other country in Sub-Saharan Africa therefore demanded for integrity amongst all the people working within his ministry. He warned that he was unwavered in his quest to reform the educational sector.

The CS also noted that there was no way Kenya would succeed if it never invested in her children as they were apparent heirs to this throne and therefore best placed to drive our agenda into the future.

“This financial year alone, we have invested Ksh. 50 billion in education. If all this kind of investment is put into very good use, it will help our children. We have to adequately prepare these children to move this country to the next level. And as long as I have this responsibility as the CS Education, I will be honest, true to my work and firm. I will not be party to any kind of scheme geared towards ruining the lives of our children,” he warned.

Present at the fete included Energy PS Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kanini Kega (Kieni) Jude Njomo (Kiambu) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and aspirants Juliet Kimemia (Kiambu Senator) and Gathoni Wa Muchomba (Kiambu Women Rep).

Meanwhile, CS Matiang'i has reminded teachers and parents that the deadline for KCPE and KCSE registration was 28th Feb 2017 and no parent was supposed to pay any fees.

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