FESTIVE FEVER; COSTS & TRAVELLING EXPENSES:
December of any year is known to be one of the most awaited months. People country over tend to relax in this month after a long work out of eleven months. Since the 18th century it’s celebrated differently in all countries. The most outstanding thing about the month is the festive season. In Kenya, the celebrations start from the 12th of all the way to 1st of January, 12th being the Jamhuri day (Mashujaa day) where we celebrate our heroes, 25th and 26th known as Christmas season and 1st of January which is the New Year. All these dates are celebrated in style and considered special in people’s hearts, whether in the city or upcountry.
The excitement has been consistent all this years. People hustle and bustle through the year to take an year of and just spend time with their friends and families. Shopping malls, hotels and organizations have helped many attain their budget due to the crazy discounts offered during the festive season in terms of Food, clothes, electronics etc
However when it comes to travelling, the situation is different. It is expensive in this season because Kenyans have highly overrated it.70% of the people travel in this season. People either travel; Abroad, upcountry or visit a touring site. The most overwhelmed people in the country are the public drivers. The advantaged people are those who own cars for they can tour any destination as much as their petrol can allow them despite of the high price of petrol. Due to the overwhelm on the drivers the road accidents have increased claiming over 80 lives in this season because the passengers are too many hence one is forced to do more trips causing fatigue, though that has not lowered the travelling momentum yet.
Kenya has 47 counties, there are eight provinces including; Western, Eastern, North Eastern, Nairobi, Central, Nairobi, Coast and Nyanza. Nairobi holds the largest mass in Kenya hence many of them travelling to their various home counties in this season. This is evident because of the silence and lack of traffic in the city. In this season the terminals/stations in the city are packed with people but parked with fewer cars due to masses to ferry. The ‘country bus’ is the most flocked terminals in town with people and luggages which hold over 200 buses and matatus that travel to different provinces. The fare price is double but the place is still congested.The question is; how can we enjoy the holiday without spending a fortune?
Doing an observation, People use a fortune when travelling all over the nation. One of the major reasons as to why people spend much is Late budget planning. The most visited place is the coastal area, by local and international people. Well known because of the beaches, the northern and southern beaches. Normally the charges are affordable but in this season they are a bit higher. Nearly all hotels are booked earlier but for those who come late they are likely to lack accommodation or pay more.
Sarova whitesands beach resort is one of the 5star hotels visited during this time containing 430 rooms. Ken Mwachali a food manager in Sarova says, 90% of it is already occupied either by booking or individual’s presence. Most of them booked till Mid-January. However if you are booking the hotel now you are likely to pay higher. At normal times the room costs 10000 -30000, the price has increased to 35000 – 40000 in Sarovasands Resort.
Travelling by bus to the coast from Nairobi costs about KE. Sh.1200 to KE. Sh.3500 depending on the class of the bus you take. Travelling by air costs KE. Sh.25000 to KE. Sh.35000 while two months earlier it was KE. Sh.16000. Flying to Dubai from Nairobi costs KE. Sh.42000 to KE. Sh.50000. The only solution to spending less fortune is by car pooling together, Shopping in bulk, leverage on offers and taking advantage of domestic tourism in this festive season. However, some people tend to celebrate less to save up for January which demands a lot of capital for various needs like paying school fees.
In other parts of the country especially the up countries, people hosts family gatherings hence lots of munching that cost too much.Mbuzi choma (goat meat) is the main dish everywhere. However due to the season the farmers take advantage and sell them double the price. No matter how exciting the season is, the fever cannot be ignored because our pockets are way much involved. People tend to stretch themselves too much hence running dry on January when needs arise.
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141 students scored A in the year 2016 4645 students scored A- in 2016 10975 students scored B+ in 2016
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Number of A's in the last 3 yearsIn 2016 the number of As is 141 In 2015 the number of As was 2636 In 2014 the number of As was 3017 In 2013 the number of As was 2722 In 2016 the number of B+ 10975 In 2015 the number of B+ 21927
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→ → → Year 2016 → → Year 2015 A → → →141 → → 2636 A- → → 4645 → → 12069 B+ → →10975 → →21927 B → → 17216 → → 33927 B- → →23745 → → 44581 C+ → →32207 → → 54770 C → → 44792 → → 64913 C- → →61026 → → 74115 D+ → →80951 → → 79157 D → →112135 → → 79555 D- → 149929 → → 48658 E → →33399 → → 5350