Over 200 students mainly girls will now have an opportunity to continue with their secondary education following the opening of Magura Secondary School in Kipkebe, Nyamira County.
Although tea estates in the area have many primary schools, there was no girl’s secondary school in the neighbourhood. Kipkebe Tea Factory, which is owned by Sasini Plc (and is part of Sameer Group), donated 7.5 acres of land. Zarina & Naushad Merali Foundation fully funded the construction and equipping of the school. Sameer Group Chairman Dr. Naushad Merali said the school gives opportunity to girls to enroll and study in a conducive environment.
First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta said the secondary school would give a good learning environment to children whose parents work in tea plantations and live in staff quarters.
She commended the Zarina & Naushad Merali foundation and Sasini for building the school to cater for the secondary education around the area particularly girls education. “The high maternal mortality and other illnesses can be easily reduced or eradicated by affording the girl child access to education,” Mrs Kenyatta said.