The widening gap between the rich and the poor was clear for all to see after an image of kids being dropped off at school in a plane was shared on social media.
While a majority of Kenyan parents were feeling the pinch as schools reopened on Monday, parents at the prestigious Pembroke House school in Nakuru were having their children dropped off in a small Cessna plane.
The photo was published on the school’s Facebook page and captioned: “The Pembroke House School, Kenya charter flight arrival yesterday with some of our returning students!”
The preparatory school was founded in 1927 and offers a British curriculum and boarding for children aged 2-13 years.
As of 2020, school fees run into millions, especially for students aged 7 years and above. A joining fee of Ksh 150,000 per child is required but 50% of this fee is refunded after the final term.
Being one of the oldest international schools in Kenya, Pembroke used a 1913 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce as a school bus in the 1950s. By 1933 the school had 67 students, each paying £37(Sh4,920) per term.
The first African pupils were admitted in the 1970s and girls were admitted to the school from 1988.
Pembroke sits on 140 acres of land and boasts a wide range of facilities such as modern classrooms, well-equipped library, school theatre, tennis and squash courts, cricket and rugby pitches, stables, a cross country course, a swimming pool and gymnasium, a running track, and an outdoor arena.
One notable alumnus of Pembroke House is Achola Fiona Ngobi, wife of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s son, Jomo.
Take a peep at the fees structure below as of 2020.
Optional extras as of 2018
Some Twitter reactions:
More like Pemrich House school.
— Malenga (@_Makavela) January 6, 2020
Some people were born lucky others were lucky to be born🙆
— Uvuvwevwevwe Onyetenyevwe Ugwemubwem Ossas (@DzekoKevin) January 6, 2020
Absolutely. No one disputes that.
— TEETOTALLER™ (@LilKoima) January 7, 2020
This school bus has broken one of matiangi’s laws… It should be painted yellow🤔🤔
— K £ V ¡ N° (@KayKevo) January 6, 2020
I wonder what these kids aim to be when their grow up am sure no kid want be pilot just like the way no one aim to be school driver😂😂😂🤣
— anto (@2F67ZRBo7hCooCJ) January 7, 2020
Alafu when they grow up they will be telling their kids how difficult their education was pic.twitter.com/M72AxKXsEc
— ǟɮɖʊʟᏦǟʀɨʍ ɮǟɖǟաʏ (@abkbadawy) January 7, 2020
Yes and Pembroke and Turi have airstrips
— K3MBOI 🚜 (@ed_kemboi) January 6, 2020
Huku ni Kenya?
— Lavender Faith Anyango (@LavenderFaith_) January 7, 2020
The haves wameland…the have nots tunakalisha watoi sambaza ndo walipe ashuu…😂😂😭😭😭
— Axel Foley (@AxelFol79017276) January 7, 2020
Consolation is allowed.
— TEETOTALLER™ (@LilKoima) January 6, 2020