Education News This Sunday That Makes The Headlines

J.Arness

Girls who walked tall at Alliance High, A girl whose father got killed days before KCPE asks for help and Back to school: Covid, transport hitches to mar schools reopening - makes the education news today.

1. Back to school: Covid, transport hitches to mar schools reopening 

World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF suggest a five per cent positivity rate over a month for in-person learning, yet Kenya which should resume its schools in seven days to come has its rate circulating at 15% as of late.

Primary and Secondary schools will begin again on May 10 to cover the third term of 2020 that was disturbed by a multi month-closure because of the Covid. 

There will be a three-day mid-term break booked for June and from that point schools will close on July 16. 

Coronavirus has shown its intense force, posing apprehension and negativity. However, teachers say schools can’t lose any additional time as they are attempting to get up to speed with a missed learning period.

Nicholas Maiyo, the Kenya Parents Association chair, needs transport companies contracted and put on backup if learning is to continue in May. 

He called for limits to be set on charges so parents and guardians don’t suffer, says schools should focus on the safe transportation of students. 

“We request that the public authority mediate and guarantee transport organizations don’t use this chance to exploit guardians through excessive fares,” Maiyo said.

2. Girl whose father got killed days before KCPE asks for help

Grace Adhiambo, 14, a former student at Pandpier Primary school in the Kisumu area, sat her KCPE tests to completion after her dad Mr Jared Ouma Jabuya 47yr-old shot dead.

Her dad’s body was at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital morgue, days after a man shot him dead around there. The executioner shot two others before a horde found him. 

Cautious not to trouble her inwardly, Adhiambo’s family hung tight for her to finish the public assessment before gathering her dad’s body, which was subsequently buried in Opasi Village, Suna East Migori. 

As per Kisumu Town Chief Willis Onyuna, a man recognized as Ambrose Odero Owino, 25, from Alego Siaya County, supposedly grabbed a gun from a cop close to Kisumu Boys High School and went on a shooting binge that prompted the killing of Mr Ouma. The powerless student is requesting any well-wishers to help raise her secondary school expenses.

3. The girls who walked tall at Alliance High

At the point when formal education was presented by British colonialists in the mid-twentieth century, there were no secondary schools for a girl-child. So when 17 young ladies outflanked young men, they had to be enrolled in the best boys’ school before they could set comparative institutions up for them. This is as per Kamau Ngotho, an author at The Standard.

Ngotho says the British had at first proposed for education to stay at the introductory level where Africans could figure out how to talk a sprinkling of English and do basic algebra-based math even as they filled in as farmhands and vendors in European ranches.

However, he says “white Christian missionaries thought differently and built secondary schools for Africans, and open the way for them to pursue further education abroad.” - and this is how Alliance High School started, established by a consortium of Protestant Churches. As the creator specifies, Alliance High was a school for the best performers from each side of the country. Other than schooling, the organization proposed to make a pool of Africans who would take over, if; They liberated the country from British rule. In reality, the fantasy later worked out as expected when at Independence, nine of the 15-member Cabinet were Alliance graduated class.

“Attitudes change with time and education for the girl child gradually became a reality. The same alliance of churches–the Christian Schools and Missions–that had established Alliance High led the charge by opening girls’ primary schools at Kikuyu, Kabete and Kamandura in Kiambu. These were soon followed by Weithaga in Murang’a, Tumutumu in Nyeri, and Chogoria in Meru.” part of the article reads.

He says there were still no secondary schools for young ladies and this exemplified hazardous when Zibia Wangari from Kikuyu School and Lois Njeri from Weithaga School topped the public assessments in 1937. 

So what happened? A choice was at long last arrived at that they ought not to be oppressed because of their sex and would be admitted at the lone school saved for the best performance, Alliance High it was.

“So the class of 1938 had two students in a boys-only institution. The school had no contingency plan to handle this novel situation, so the managers built a dormitory for the girls and employed a director of nursing to take care of them.” the article reads. Each subsequent year, at least a young lady would join Alliance High school until 1951 when Alliance Girls High School was completely established.Young ladies kept on shining, declining to be threatened by their male counterparts. Among the young ladies was Joan Wambui, class of 1944-47 who continued to Makerere University In Uganda, graduated as a teacher and returned to Kenya to turn into the first madam principal at Alliance Girls High School.

Mrs Margaret Wambui, the eldest little girl of President Jomo Kenyatta, who later became the Nairobi Mayor, additionally learned at Alliance High. She was student number 1000.

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