Parents in Mt. Elgon have appealed to the County government and well wishers to extend a helping hand so that they can take their children to school after the national government evicted them from Elgon forest.
Addressing the media at Chemondi primary school in Cheptais Sub County, parents’ association chairman Mr. John Kipsoboi said a good number of pupils from the mountain performed well in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education but parents are worried their children might not continue with their Secondary education.
“Our children on this mountain have really done well in KCPE that was released last week by the education CS Professor George Magoha but due increased level of poverty among our people might deny this pupils an opportunity to join form one” said Kipsoboi.
He said parents have been depending on the shamba system program to plant short season crops in the forest to sustain themselves and also to pay school fees for their children but they cannot do that after the government stopped the program.
Chemondi primary school head teacher Mr. Samson Litu appealed to Bungoma County Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to consider children from poor families so that they can pursue they education.