By: Dishon Amanya and Ian Imbaiza
A few months ago two form four students at the St. Mary’s Kamba secondary school in Kanduyi, Bungoma County won the 2021 Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition, health category.
Valerie Wanjala and Claire Wesonga scoop the award for the most innovative project in health, after they presented an idea on reversible male family planning pill from Mondia Whitei, commonly referred to as Mkombero and another plant known as justica genderusa.
The students made Kamba Secondary to appear on the map after defeating bigger schools like Alliance Girls who emerged the second best in the competition.
The Celebration that took place at the Kamba school ground was attended by the Chairman of KUPPET, Bungoma County, The Asst. TSC director and Principals from different schools in Western region who came to get the secret behind their success.
Ezekiel Murani, their biology and chemistry teacher from form one to form four at the remote school was the student’s patron in the project. Murani appreciated the brilliant work done by the students on their presentation that made them top nationally.
“Young Scientists is a post national competition in the Kenya Science and Engineering fair where our students emerged the best amongst many other schools.” Murani Said during his speech.
Mr. David Barasa the KUPPET chairman in Bungoma, congratulated the Patron for the good work they did adding that Science and Technology is becoming a more competitive field as the country is depending more on innovativeness and new inventions.
However, Barasa encouraged the school to make use of Guidance and Counselling to prevent the cases of school unrest which have been reported severally.
“We need to Counsel our students, it is the obligation of the school, Parents and Churches to make sure that the students get guidance and counselling, To parents you have a bigger role to raise your child at home it is important to show them directions when they go astray.” Mr. Barasa pointed out.
The KUPPET chairman also pleaded to the Ministry of Education to loosen the crash programs for the students to get enough time to rest and refresh their minds.
The celebration was graced by the issuing of the award where their Principal Mrs. Ane Nyongesa received the award in a ceremony.The students were awarded a trophy, a certificate and handed Sh 5,000 each by the organizers.