Financial institutions and bursary schemes that support matters of education in Nyanza region have been asked to consider supporting bright and needy students who learn in private schools.
According to the Principal of Royal Gate Academy in Bondo sub-county Mr. Michael Osumba, most organisations and banks have not been supporting the pupils from private schools yet some of them are equally bright and needy.
“They assume that all the children in private school are from rich families which are not the case. Some needy parents bring their children to private school because of the quality of education offered and therefore they should not be discriminated”, Osumba said.
He lamented that most of those organizations and financial institutions have developed a notion that all pupils who learn in private schools come from well off families but that is not the case, hence the need to change that attitude and give them consideration when offering scholarship opportunities.
Mr. Osumba cited a case of a pupil, Brian Omondi Otieno, who led at their school with 395 marks in 2015’s KCPE exams but comes from a completely very poor family, adding that such pupils can be supported to be able to achieve their future dreams.
The Principal has at the same time pleaded with members of the community to also consider supporting the growth of private schools within their localities, since such institutions greatly help in supplementing the education offered by public schools.
He regretted that most parents and even local leaders have always viewed private schools as private entities and opted to keep distant yet those are some of the learning facilities that contribute significantly in enhancing performance in their respective regions.
Mr. Osumba, who was speaking to KNA at the school, has however expressed great pleasure following Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi’s commitment to ensure that pupils in private schools get equal treatment to their counterparts in public schools.
Royal Gate Academy enrolled 20 candidates who all scored 300 marks and above in 2015’s KCPE examinations.
By Brian Ondeng’
Source: Kenya News Agency