Needy students in Kasipul constituency, Homa Bay County have benefitted from Sh31 Million fees bursary from the local National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF).
Speaking to the press after the distribution of the cheques, the area Member of Parliament (MP) Charles Ong’ondo Were said the bursaries will ensure students stay at school and concentrate fully in their studies.
He noted that so far, they have managed to provide bursaries to 4,695 students since the reopening of schools early this year.
“We started vetting four months ago before the results of standard 8 pupils were released where we sorted 2,300-day scholars, 1,399 boarders and 996 students from tertiary institutions,” noted the MP.
Ong’ondo added that Kasipul was voted the best in the latest audit in terms of bursary allocations adding the distribution of the bursary was fair and transparent. He said the allocation was done per polling center with each centre producing 40 beneficiaries.
The MP reiterated that students from day schools were allocated 50 per cent of the bursary while their counterparts in boarding schools and tertiary level took 20 and 25 per cent respectively.
“In each polling center, the percentage of day scholars is higher as compared to the others, and this is the reason why they took the bursary’s lion share. I want to assure that whatever we have received from the national government through the CDF has been fully utilized,” he said.
To improve learning in schools, the MP said they undertook a number of programs directed towards procuring school buses, constructing laboratories and libraries and improving roads within the constituency to ensure accessibility.
By Violet Atieno