Fighting prostitution and drug abuse: School offers scholarships to girls who scored 250 and below

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A private girls’ school in Malindi is fighting prostitution and drug abuse in a new way: enticing Form One students

— who scored 250 marks and below in last years’ KCPE examinations

— with scholarships.  

Malindi, in Kilifi County, has one of the lowest transition rates between primary and secondary school in Kenya due to myriad factors, including retrogressive cultural practices, poverty, easy access to drugs and sex tourism.

Boys are not spared either as access to narcotics and menial jobs see most dropping out with most becoming fishermen and even homosexuals.

The scholarships programme, says Fat’hie Mohammed, the director of Malindi Girls Secondary School, is to mitigate the high number of examination failure witnessed in the 2017 KCSE national exams and will in the long run “reduce the number of youths engaging in prostitution and drug abuse in Shela,” as most drug addicts are school dropouts without hope in life.

Mohammed who is also a director of Sure Step Academy - Msabaha, a mixed school, will also offer the same to boys irrespective of religion, ethnicity or race.

 Mohammed started the initiative in view of the reality that most of the girls who perform poorly are vulnerable to early marriage and sex tourism.

Her scholarship will require the girls to pay “only a tuition fee of Sh5,000,” since “children who also perform poorly in examinations need education.”

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