Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor, Prof.Mary Walingo has challenged the Maa Community to shun retrogressive culture, and instead take their children to school to acquire skills, like those from other counties.
Prof Walingo who made the remarks at Entesekera Primary School, in Narok South Sub- County, when the university donated 100 double-decker beds, mattresses and seats, also said it was only through education that poverty would be eradicated.
All of us came from communities where a girl child was viewed as source of wealth, but gone are such days. Pastoral communities have an immense potential for academic excellence, and there is absolutely no reason not to take your children to school, said Prof Walingo.
She has also appealed for more boarding schools in pastoral parts of Narok, to boost retention of girls at school, saying day primary schools were exposing the girls to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriage and unwanted pregnancies.
The VC also asked parents to stop pampering their children, saying such acts breeds indiscipline that negatively affects the future of the young generation.
Parents should instill discipline in their children. Nowadays it is like some parents worship their children to the point they cannot discipline them. Indisciplined children are a bother to even teachers all the way to the university, said Walingo.
The scholar also reiterated that the university shall continue supporting schools with such donations, in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.
The Entesekera School Chairman, Michael Uka hailed the University for the items, saying it will go a long way in solving the deficit at the school.
We have over 600 pupils in this boarding facility, but we had only 150 double-Decker beds which only accommodates 300. We thank the Maasai Mara University for considering us, by providing us with the items, said Uka.
Source: Kenya News Agency