A total of 24,000 students in Kericho County are a happy lot after Kericho County Government awarded them school bursaries worth Sh81 million.
Speaking during disbursement of the funds, the area Deputy Governor Ms Lily Ngok said that the students in secondary and tertiary institutions in the County were needy and would benefit immensely from the funds by being able to remain in school uninterrupted.
Ms Ngok noted that the establishment of Kericho Bursary Fund Act which was passed by the County Assembly has been a success since many of the needy students have been assisted to go through their education smoothly adding that in future more students would benefit from the kitty as more funds are available.
“This life transforming initiative has of today collectively distributed Sh775 million benefitting over 182,203 students, thus contributing a lot to the social development of our County,” reiterated Ms Ngok.
She said the first students who benefitted from the funds in 2016 while in secondary school, are again benefiting each in their tertiary institutions.
“Actually, we have a few beneficiaries who have now completed their education and are pursuing various professions thus contributing to the socio-economic wellbeing of our nation and we are very proud of that achievement,” added Ms Ngok.
During the bursary award ceremony, the deputy governor was accompanied by officials from Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET).
By Kibe Mburu