Kenyan students are set to participate in the Federation of East African Secondary School Sports Association championships (FESSA) in Dar- es -Salaam scheduled to take place between 23rd and 31st August, 2014.
Some 327 girls and 327 boys will take part in track and field events
The Principal Secretary for Science and Technology, Prof. Collette Suda presented the Kenyan flag to the four students—Sandra Anzemo and Jacqueline Tinega students of Parklands Arya Girls High School, Ernest Onjule and Lee Samba from Upper Hill High School—at a ceremony at Jogoo House.
The ball games sports include Soccer, hockey, handball, volley ball, rugby, athletics, swimming, badminton table tennis and lawn tennis.
Prof. Suda said the games provided an opportunity to the participants to meet in a competitive atmosphere where each of them must observe strict rules of the game, be fast and yet accurate.
“This leads to an individual who has a high level of self-discipline,” Prof. Suda noted adding that they also inculcated in the students important values like obedience, teamwork, tolerance and patience that lead to a holistic individual.
Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang said investing in sports was investment in the youth.
He expressed hope that the football team would clinch secure the championship which narrowly eluded them during last year’s games in Lira Uganda.
The chairman of FESSA, Mr. Kimtai Ng’etich said his association provided the nursery ground for the development of sporting talents in Kenya, saying all world beating sportsmen and women in field and track events were nurtured by his association.
He said FASSA had fed the national champions that have won medals in Commonwealth and Olympic games.
Present included the Director of Quality Assurance and Standard, Mr. Mohammed Mwinyipembe, senip5r education officials, Principals of High Schools and couches.
The students will join their colleagues from Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar which fields participants as an independent entity.
Students will leave for Dar es Salaam on 21st August; have an overnight rest at Arusha, before proceeding for the Tanzania capital on 22nd August, 2014.