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Uhuru told to exhibit values he was taught at St Mary’s School

Mombasa County Education Executive Tendai Mtana has waded into the frosty relations between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Governor Hassan Joho.

Mr Mtana said he had expected President Kenyatta to uphold three key values he was taught at St Mary’s High School.

“I am most privileged to have attended the same school with our President and wish to address him as a fellow Saint where we were taught to uphold values of goodness, respect and knowledge in our lives above anything else,” said Mr Mtana.

He made the remark on Tuesday while addressing private schools managers during their 20th annual conference in Mombasa.


Mr Mtana scoffed at those ridiculing his boss for his mean gradein Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination for political reasons.

He said such performance by a person of Mr Joho’ status mirrors the struggle underprivileged Kenyans go through to acquire education.

“In the midst of the conversation we are having about the education and the education of our leaders, we are losing sight of what is important. When a country talks about a generation that didn’t have the opportunity to thrive fully, we are talking a story of 18 percent of children in our society in a discouraging way,” “added Mr Mtana.


The executive described President Kenyatta as a member of privileged generation who should not look down upon Mr Joho, a representative of the less privileged Kenyans.

“We must ensure every child gets a chance. It doesn’t matter how you will do and it doesn’t matter what they got in primary and secondary schools,” said  Mr Mtana.

He said Mr Joho has succeeded in life despite his humble past where he was “unable to achieve grade As” scored by those mocking him and now has “children who are now considered to be privileged”.


He said privileged Kenyans should consider showing a helping hand to children from humble background instead of mocking them.

“I used to think its bad thing to be called a child of privileged. It is because my grandfather and father worked hard for who I am today and today I won’t apologise for anything that happened,”

Mr Mtana asked the private school managers to seal the loopholes which hinders chances of poor and destitute children achieving in their education.