MP WARNS PRINCIPALS WITHHOLDING FORM FOUR LEAVERS’ ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES
By Francis Kaivilu
Mwingi central Member of National Assembly Dr. Gideon Mutemi Mulyungi has given a very stern warning to the principals who are withholding academic certificates for form four leavers in his constituency.
Speaking during a funds drive event aimed at purchasing a new school bus at Masavi Girls secondary school in Mwingi East over the weekend, the Mwingi bound legislator said that it is unlawful to deny the students their certificates since this is denying them progress in their studies.
“I have received many phone calls from different form four leavers in my constituency begging that I intervene for them to get their form four certificates from their various respective schools since the schools’ principals have denied them the certificates due to pending school fees balances”, Dr. Mulyungi said in his speech.
A spot check by Sharptip News reveals that due to the high poverty level in the area and lack of predictable rains, many form four leavers suffer a lot if denied their certificates by the principals since their parents are busy trying to make ends meet as well as they struggle to pay school fees for leavers’ siblings.
Most of the residents in the region depend on green grams as their cash crop. Sharptip News has learnt that due to the unpredictable rains in the region, the residents suffer a lot financially hence clearing fees for the form four leavers becomes a big deal.
On the other hand, Mulyungi urged the Jubilee government to provide food for school kids by resuming the school feeding program in schools since the area is struck by hunger due to the unpredictable rain patterns. The vibrant Mwingi legislator popularly known as ”Tsunami” asked the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa and the Kitui County governor Charity Ngilu to allegedly stop lying to the public over the media that there is no hunger in Kitui county.
“I would like to invite the Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to visit our county and show us where that food he was saying over the television is plenty in Kitui county is”, Mulyungi said in his speech.
” Tsunami” said that a hungry kid cannot perform well in class adding that if the school feeding program is not reinstated, academic performance in schools will automatically deteriorate hence increase in poverty in the region.
He urged president Uhuru Kenyatta to be vigilant on the information given to him by his cabinet secretaries on what is happening on the ground, terming some CSs as liars.
The funds drive was aimed at purchasing a new school bus after the school’s bus drowned in a nearby seasonal river during a rainy season last year.