By Our Reporter.
Thika Town MP Eng Patrick Wainaina has challenged companies and businesses in Thika Town to emulate Equity Bank’s initiative Wings to Fly programme and help children from poor backgrounds access education.
The MP said companies should help bright students within their jurisdiction in paying school fees reminding them that investing in education was critical to fostering growth and innovation for generations to come.
“The society must address the students’ needs to ensure they all get opportunity to succeed in school and the workforce. When we empower these kids, there will be change not only in their homes but also the entire country,” said the MP.
Gatanga MP Eng Joseph Nduati encouraged parents whose children missed out on university and secondary admissions to enroll their children in village polytechnics and other technical based tertiary institutions so as to gain the necessary skills to advance in life.
Thika Branch Equity Senior Business Growth and Development Manager Sammy Karanu said that 16 children in Thika will receive scholarships adding that were selected through a fair process by the Community Scholarship Selection Board.
The chairperson of the selection board, Grace Njoroge said the demand for sponsorship was skyrocketing.
She said they had identified 152 cases but only 16 were lucky. “I am glad to note that the Wings to Fly programme has made tremendous impact on the lives of our people,” she said.
They defended Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i saying the criticism leveled on him was an unwarranted political war saying education matters should not be politicized.
The legislators said Matiang’i had streamlined examination process and sealed loopholes. “Those complaining are the ones who benefit from examinations scandals,” said Eng Wainaina.