It is a relief that schools have successfully completed the third term of the 2020 school year.
The success of the term shines a ray of hope that the education sector will be salvaged, after suffering a close to one-year time-out due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While this is more than enough reason to celebrate, parents face a fresh hurdle in terms of fee payment.
Unlike in previous years where they had about a month between terms to source for fees, this time around, schools re-open in a week’s time.
To make matters worse, the students are now progressing to the next class, which means that on top of school fees, parents also have to pay extra money for items such as work books and annual levies such as activity and development fees.
The reopening also comes within the month, meaning parents depending on monthly salaries will not have been paid their July dues.
Let us keep those families that live from hand to mouth in our prayers, that they will manage to return their children to school, as we also pray for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Jubilee’s Joseph Githinji clinches Muguga Ward seat
Joseph Githinji of the Jubilee Party has won the Muguga Ward by-election.
Githinji won the MCA seat in a closely contested two-horse race, garnering 4,089 votes- only 27 votes more than his closest competitor.
United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) Peter Kamau got 4,062 votes.
Breaking News: DP William Ruto’s Ally Accepts Defeat by Uhuru’s Jubilee Party Candidate
Deputy president William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance movement Party candidate has accepted defeat by president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party candidate.
He has noted that despite all the confidence from the great people of Muguga, he has noted that there must have been a winner and a loser by the end of the elections.
Kamau Thumbi has also noted that this by-election was not his time fur victory and that he would live to fight the battle again since it is not the end of the race.
UDA’s Njuguna in narrow Kiambaa lead amid rigging claims by Jubilee
Chaos erupted early Friday morning at Karuri High School tallying centre after Jubilee Party supporters led by their candidate Kariri Njama protested over alleged rigging in the Kiambaa by-election.
They demanded a recount and tallying of votes in Kawaida, Muchatha and Gachie polling stations.
Currently, provisional results show UDA’s John Njuguna leading with 21,606 votes followed closely by 21,151 votes with 153 out of 154 polling stations having reported their tallies.
Do you think yesterday’s Muguga and Kiambaa polls were held up to acceptable standards?