38 top performers in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in Taita-Taveta County were yesterday rewarded with shopping vouchers as they prepare themselves to join form one in various national schools.

Praising the students from Voi and Mwatate Sub Counties who scored 400 marks and above for the good marks, the county woman representative Ms Lydiah Haika assured them of her continued support to make their dreams come true.

The heroes and heroines were each given between Sh 5,000 and Sh 10,000 shopping vouchers as an appreciation for excelling in their KCPE examination.

However there were no students from Taita and Taveta Sub Counties as they scored below 400 marks.

Thank you very much for bringing back the lost glory of this county as you made us very proud. Not only to the county but also to the coast region as the best student came from here. Ms Haika told the performers who included the top candidate in KCPE in Coast Enock Kambale from Mwanyambo Primary School in Voi town who scored 436 marks.

Among the beneficiaries of the awards under Mamasita Hi High Haika initiative included 20 students from Mwatate Sub County and 18 students from Voi Sub County respectively.

Addressing students, teachers and parents at St Stephen’s Academy in Voi town, the women representative disclosed that a total of 210 bright students from poor families were currently benefiting from the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) so as further their education.

Other vulnerable groups like women, youth and persons with disabilities are also beneficiaries of this fund.

The MP assured the local community that needy students who performed well in their education would get financial support from the government.

The first term Mp who was elected on a Jubilee party ticket underscored that education was the cornerstone of development and as such every stakeholder should join forces to ensure that such children go to school.

I am passionate about education. As I promised during my electioneering period I shall make the same my number one development agenda. Said Haika.

Saying that for any meaningful development to be gained, all relevant stakeholders in education should ensure that the poor standards of education are improved in this county and beyond.

Haika challenged parents to make sure that all school aged children were enrolled in learning institutions now they were not expected to pay any moneys and/or fees for them.

We should take advantage of the free primary education to ensure that all children are in school if the county is to develop to favorably and also compete in the labour market. she continued

Chiefs and their assistants must make sure that these children go to school as we do not want to see them roaming around in towns engaging in hawking, said the legislator.

Voi Sub County Director of Education Sylvester Kiilu called for concerted efforts to ensure that the dwindling education standards were raised.

I am particularly dismayed by the poor marks scored by pupils from the sub counties of Taveta and Taita. I ask all the stakeholders in these areas come together and see the best way forward on how they can alleviate the situation.

Candidates in the two sub counties scored below 400 marks. Leaders should come at the time of need before people cry, noted Mr Kiilu yesterday.

Source: Kenya News Agency