BY GITAU WANYOIKE IN KIAMBU COUNTY.
At least 3, 600 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates from Thika Constituency will receive an egg each throughout the three-day exam period beginning Tuesday, October 30.
The egg offer has been made by area MP Patrick Wainaina, who says the move will go a long way in “boosting the pupils’ morale and concentration” during the national test period.
Speaking at the Thika CDF offices on Friday, Mr Wainaina said he was concerned by a history of poor results posted by exam candidates in the area.
“We hope to reverse the poor grades through these small efforts meant to encourage learners,” he said, promising to reward all top three performers – from Standard One to Eight – in every school.
He said his “Egg Monday” initiative, which was rolled out in May this year, has helped to “boost class attendance and raise enrollment in public schools”.
Under the “Egg Monday” programme, pupils in Thika public schools receive an egg each every Monday throughout study period.
“In fact, some learners from private schools, particularly in the Kiandutu slum, have moved to the public ones as a result of the egg-feeding programme,” said Mr Wainaina.
Thika constituency has 35 public primary schools.
Thika Sub-County Director of Education, Ronald Mbogo, and Kiambu County Primary School Heads Association chairperson, James Macharia, hailed the MP for the gesture, saying: “We are looking forward to seeing better results posted by the candidates”.
Mbogo said all KCPE candidates in Thika, including one who will sit for the tests at the Thika Prison, are adequately equipped ahead of the exams.