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Bungoma County Injects Sh324 Million into Scholarship Programme

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka has allocated Sh144 million to the form-one scholarship kitty and a further Sh180 million for bursaries across the 45 wards.

Speaking at the launch at Mabanga ATC, Lusaka said the Sh144 million dispatch will cater for 750 students from needy backgrounds who have been put on scholarship.

Lusaka says he will streamline and expand both the scholarship and county bursary scheme programmes to cater for more pupils.

He instructed the department of education to publish and display the list of beneficiaries at their respective ward administrators’ offices for transparency purposes.

Lusaka said the funds will be sent directly to the school bank accounts to curb corruption cases witnessed when using cheques and also reduce costs incurred to deliver cheques to the learning   institutions.

He added that each of the county’s 45 wards has been allocated Sh4 million to benefit close to 36,000 students within the county placed on bursary.

Bungoma County Director of Education Mr.  Philip Chirchir said beneficiaries were selected through a thorough and very competitive vetting process.

Mr. Chirchir urged school Principals to stop frequent sending  home of students  for lack  of school  fees  as  it disrupts  learning and disadvantages those affected.

He noted  that  the ministry  is committed  towards  ensuring  that  no  student  stays  at home  for  lack  of school  fees  hence the partnership  with  the  County  Government  and  Members of  Parliament for financial support of  those from poor backgrounds.

Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka in a green attire accompanied by his deputy Jenipher Mbatiany dance during the official launch of the scholarship programme at the Mabanga ATC.

Kanduyi Member of Parliament John  Makali  said  that the initiative  will  go a long  way  in  producing  future  leaders  through  quality  education.

Makali hinted that parliamentarians will continue to review and improve on implementation of the CBC to make it acceptable to all stakeholders.

Tongaren constituency MP John Chikati asked school heads to establish a cordial  working relationship  with  the  school boards  of  management and  parents  association  representatives for achievement of good results.

Bungoma County Deputy Chairman of Kenya Secondary  Schools Heads  Association ,Mr. Robert  Nabiswa   proposed  that  the  Ministry of  Education  should  set up a  classroom  at national schools to host day scholars  who may qualify but lack financial capacity,

Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa ,Bumula  MP Jack  Wamboka  and a section of  Bungoma  county  MCAs led  by  the  deputy  majority  leader  Joan  Kirong attended the function.

By Isaac Wafula and Roseland Lumwamu


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