One story that has preoccupied the public sphere since the KCPE results were released is about pupils who performed well and those who held the tail and why those who excelled should go to Alliance High while the 'failures' should try their luck at 'Nyakemincha'.
But this according to PointBlank, should never be the case. Well, there are a few exceptional students, but majority of them are just average. No one was born to hold the tail. It’s nurture and not nature that is to blame for our failure.
Carry out a study
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As Prof Sam Ongeri was concerned about the performance of Nyakemincha Primary School, PointBlank challenges him to carry out a study. Let him order that teachers and resources from the best school be transferred to the worst school, and vice versa.
PointBlank can bet that in five years, parents would be fighting to take their children to Nyakemincha and no one will even care what the name means. So, why punish students for the rest of their lives while it’s their school environment that’s to blame? Just a thought.
Nairobi West’s inhospitable neighbour
Ms Cherotich Koech has lived in Nairobi West for over 20 years and claims to have seen the estate tumble from grace to grass. But what irks her at the moment is Nairobi West Hospital, which she claims is out to push the estate deeper into disgrace. She accuses the hospital of turning the "place into a mess" by turning pedestrian walkways into parking lot. As a result, she claims, pedestrians are forced to risk their lives by walking in the middle of the road. In addition, the hospital has placed a dustbin in the pedestrian walkway which besides stinking, leaks some "dirty liquid".
But the hospital isn’t fully to blame for Koech’s woes. The road outside the hospital, she says, has been neglected and has gaping potholes that the Kenya Urban Roads Authority and the City Council of Nairobi won’t repair.
The worst eyesore, however, is a burst sewer whose contents, Koech says, have deliberately been redirected into one of the city council drainages.
"The place stinks and the people of Nairobi West are suffering. Can the city council kindly come to our assistance?" she pleads.
Road design from Jupiter
According to Charles Wambugu, one has drive on Pangani’s Ring Road, Juja Road, Kariokor or Park road towards Pangani police station to appreciate what mess engineers have made in their design of the Pangani intersection.
Wambugu who terms the intersection a "lunatic convergence of roads", claims police officers must always be present to control the chaotic traffic on the poorly designed intersection.
"Eng. Michael Kamau should reprimand the engineers who designed this part of the superhighway for omitting an overpass or an underpass at least for some feeder roads that intersect at this point," he says.
He also wants Kenya National Highways Authority to explain the rationale behind the "complete blocking" of anyone residing in Parklands from accessing Ngara and Park Road areas.
"The structural engineering concept on this road must be from Jupiter and needs urgent review before the Chinese contractor exits scene," he concludes. Eng. Kamau is something amiss on this intersection, or Mr Wambugu is driver from Jupiter?
Feature men in Harpic adverts
Gachiengo Gitau is not the only one with a bone to pick with harpic toilet cleaner’s popular TV advertisement. Quantity Surveyor Esther Githinji smells discrimination. "It’s not just women who clean toilets with Harpic. Single men and married ones too once in a while do it," she explains. "Why are men not represented in the ads?" she wonders. Well, Suzanna Awiyo we want to see you visiting a man, for a change, and asking your usual question; Je choo chako ni kisafi? If this doesn’t happen, PointBlank will ask Maendeleo ya Wanaume to condemn this blatant discrimination against men.
DON’T YOU FORGET
Did Nakuru council clear roadside dumpsite?
On August 10, Ms Hilda Cheshari wrote to PointBlank from Nakuru complaining that the town, once touted as being the cleanest in East Africa, was sinking under the weight of garbage.
She was particularly concerned with the state of affairs in the town along the Nakuru-Eldamaravine Road where she said a roadside dumpsite had become a big eyesore. "The area is littered with solid waste products that normally produce an unpleasant smell. On a windy day, it is common to see paper bags flying all over. Never mind there is a primary school a stone-throw away," she said. Did the Municipal Council of Nakuru clear this mess, Mayor Mohammed Suraw?