Mid-Term & FOOD CRISIS!!.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS’ MID-TERM
Hey friends & Partners of Amcc. Once again we take this opportunity to inform you of the progress within Amcc. Our Nine students in Secondary schools came home yesterday from St. Basil Gathanji Secondary School with the news that they will go back on Monday because they are on Mid-term break. Giachuki Secondary School where Anne Wanjeri & Naom Wanjiru are is also breaking today and come home tomorrow and go back to school on Tuesday afternoon. This time they have gone for mid-term break earlier because of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (.K.C.S.E.) which is a national exam for all form four students .The said exam is Stearting on 18.10.2011.The only school which we are wait to be informed on when they will break for Mid-Term is Kiburia Girls where Evangelist Ah-Gah-Pay is a student.
We all rejoice to be re-united with them. Pray with us that we may have happy times together. We also request that you pray so that we may get the return to school items which they need and also pocket money.
Our Primary school Kids whom we transferred to Ndunyu Chege Primary are shinning in academic work than ever. They did exams last week and the provisional results indicates that in class four Our Kids Brian Mureithi is No.1 with 376 Marks out of 500 Marks and Mercy Wambui is no.2 with 358 Marks. We give God all the glory. We will post the grades next week for all our kids both in Primary and in Secondary
Food and fuel prices continue to escalate, pushing the cost of living to a high record. Inflation statistics released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics shows that the government’s general measure of change in commodities and service prices surged to 16.67 per cent in August from 15.53 per cent recorded in July. Central Bank of Kenya says the prices are going up due to “supply push” (shortage of goods and services). (Daily Nation, Wednesday August 31,2011 Page 25).
Maize millers say the prices of flour will go up. Farmers are making a comfortable profit when they sell at the government rates of kshs.3,000 a bag, up from kshs.1,800 last year .Cereal Millers Association Chairman, said that though the price increase would motivate farmers to increase output, this year’s price is too high and will lead to an increase in the price of unga.(Daily Nation, Thursday September 1,2011, page 26).This price is when you go to buy directly in the farms. Therefore, when it reach the market the middle men will sell to them at a higher price and the common consumer especially millers will have to sell the flour at a higher price. Market price for a bag of Maize has been Kshs.4,000/=
The high cost of living has pushed women and children in some parts of the country into quarries to eke out a living crushing stones for ballast .The quarries are teeming with mothers and children doing what has traditionally been men’s job. The women break huge rocks into ballast which they sell to the builders. They are being paid according to the number of buckets they make a day, and a 20kg bucket of ballast goes for khs.10. School children use their school holidays and weekend in the same trade to assist their parents in buying food. (Daily Nation, Friday September 2,2011,page11).
Inflation has climbed up to 16.67 per cent as at August, making millions slide back to poverty. The inflation is largely imported due to high prices of petroleum. (Daily Nation, Friday September,2, 2011, page 14/letters).
We are appealing to all Partners and well-wishers to assist Amcc with food staff. We have been buying food on credit for the last one Month and it’s becoming difficult for our creditors to continue with this kind of business.
Once again we desire that you pray for us concerning the food issues, as we have continued to incur debts.
Thank you for your continued support & prayers.
SCHOOL REOPENED FOR THIRD TERM 2011
After closing the schools on the forth week of July, for the August holiday, the schools were supposed to be opened on the first week of September. The students reported back to school as usual on Monday- 5th September 2011.
From Tuesday 6th September 2011,both students and teachers(primary and secondary) from public schools did not report to their respective schools due to teacher’s strike. The strike took effect as from 6th September 2011 of which no one knows when it will end. All the teachers has been instructed by the Kenya National Union of Teachers Head Office to keep off their working stations during the strike period.
REASON FOR THE STRIKE
Staff Shortage: The Teachers Service Commission say it has a shortage of 75,000 teachers in Public schools. The government had promised to employ 18,060 teachers on contract , of which has not been met.(Daily Nation, Monday September 5,2011,last page).
This caused all the students from public schools to stay back at home. But the AMCC kids had an advantage in that they were still learning being taught by teacher David Kamau.