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Monday, 10 February 2014

Storm over Precious Blood, Kilungu

Precious Blood School,
Kilungu on the spot

 By Martin Masai

A row is raging between Makueni and Nairobi counties after the ‘theft’ of 39 vacancies at the prestigious Precious Blood School, Kilungu.

The vacancies were supposed to be used to admit students from Makueni County to the prestigious school who performed well in the 2013 KCPE examination.
Admission guidelines from the Ministry of Education require that Kilungu District - where the school is situated produce 20 percent of students admitted to Form One or 19 students.
44 from Nairobi
Makueni County as a whole is required to produce 40 percent of the intake or 38 students, while the rest 40 Percent ought to come from the rest of Kenya, representing 38 students
However, the school admitted One student only from Kilungu District- losing out 18 vacancies while the rest of Makueni County produced another 17 students, losing 21 slots. The rest of Kenya produced 72 students- an excess of 35 slots allowed by the guidelines, 44 of them coming from Nairobi.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana is demanding a correction of the anomaly saying that Nairobi County alone send 44 students  to the school.
Denied a Chance
“This means 36 students from Makueni County have been denied a chance to join this prestigious school. It is our top girls secondary school which is tops nationally. Admission to this school means the student will be one of the top KCSE candidates”, he charged.
Kibwana alleges the problem was caused by the Ministry of Education.” We have demanded a correction of this blatant illegality by the Ministry. We must not condone corruption as H E the President has recently told the nation’’, he fumed.
Though he claims some 36 students have been brought to Precious Blood and can be deployed to other schools in Kenya, the number could be more. He said Makueni only had three main girls secondary schools in the County while Nairobi has many such schools. “Devolution must be respected. It is not enough for us to be told the problem was occasioned by a computer error”, he added, indicating that he may have been told that the mess arose from a computer error!

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