School principal allows parents to exchange food for fees

The decision to encourage Secondary School learning in Limuru sub-county is being energized by parents and secondary school heads who are collaborating to achieve the noble intention.

In 2017, the government came up with an initiative to increase an extra stream to accommodate boarders in some select boarding schools.

The rolling out of the programme was rolled out in January 2018 and this has proved to be a relief to some parents who see it as God send as they are concerned about the day to day welfare of their children especially the teenagers.

With this programme on-going, a school head of Njenga Girls High School in Limuru Sub County, in Kiambu County Mrs. Margaret Njenga has gone ahead and even improved the learning conditions of her school through battering food stuff with fees or labour for the school fees which is only money levied on lunch for the students in the day school.

The principal who has been heading the school for over 10 years now says she has allowed parents who cannot pay fees of 4,000 shillings per term for their daughters to come to the school and offer service like in the school farm, the green house in the school and even on construction of various facilities for those who are qualified.

Mrs. Njenga told KNA during a visit to the school on Monday that she also encouraged parents to bring to school beans, maize, vegetables and even potatoes which is used to make the girls meals for lunch. She noted that the girls ate rice 3 times and Githeri 2 times in a week and that the food came in handy as she did not go looking for suppliers to deliver the same to the school.

She says she realized that most parents with their daughters in the school were farmers who harvested reasonable foodstuff and occasionally experienced problems in marketing the same. So instead of them struggling to look for market outside Limuru, I have allowed them to bring the food in exchange to the fees they could have paid for lunch she told KNA as she showed off the stock for the term in the school store.

Mrs. Njenga says she understands that most families engage in farming so as to feed their families but some do not mind converting some of it into fees to educate their children as they keep some for home consumption.

The spirit of batter trade she says will give birth to a generation which is educated and they will in the near future improve the living standards of the people in the region as more people shall be educated and shall be wise enough to make decisions that are good for the community.

As the prinicipal helps keep the students in school, the institution also benefits from the strong infrastructure since most of the parents engaged in construction masonry and carpentry works for additional blocks within the school.

She says that the school was lucky to have one parent who is an expert in greenhouse management and he is ever in the school to monitor the growth of the tomatoes that are currently being grown on the farm. The school is currently hosting one of the greenhouses which is a programme of Fukuza Njaa Kenya (FNK) in the ministry of Agriculture.

As Mrs. Njenga assists parents with daughters in the school, she also has not forgotten the boys as they similarly need education to ensure they have a bright future.

She explained to KNA as a way to ensure the two genders were disciplined, the once upon a time mixed secondary school is no longer the way it was.

In 2008, she says one of the sponsors who has contributed immensely for the progress of the education in the area donated more land where the boys were relocated and started their own school.

The school which is now independent is known as Njenga Boys High School and has its own administration of a principal and teachers and that they have sat for Kenya certificate of secondary education (KCSE) for about 4 years now.

This she says will equally empower the boys so that they are not left behind but are self-reliant towards an improved living standard and that of the community. This is a deliberate effort towards cushioning the boy child against illiteracy which is the cause of poverty, she sums up her efforts in balancing attention to the 2 genders.

Source: Kenya News Agency