Narok County Government has launched the distribution of Sh60 million bursary to help the needy learners in the area.
Speaking at Angata Barigoi Secondary School grounds in Trans Mara West Sub County Tuesday, the County Governor Samuel Tunai asked the Members of County Assembly (MCAs) and top education officials to distribute the money fairly to the deserving students.
“The exercise of distributing the money to the 30 wards in the county should be very transparent so that only the needy learners will benefit. It is criminal for the able parents to benefit from the money while those who desperately need the money are left out to suffer,” said Tunai.
At the same time, Tunai called on well-wishers and private organizations to help in supporting bright poor students so that they could achieve their vision.
“We have many learners in secondary schools, colleges and universities whose parents cannot afford to pay their schools fees owing to the fact that last year the country was hit by Coronavirus,” said Tunai.
He reminded all residents to observe regulations set by the department of health to curb the spread of Covid-19 especially in learning institutions.
The governor warned parents who would fail to return their children to school of dire consequences saying even those girls who underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or got impregnated should be returned to school.
“We must admit that FGM, Moranism and teenage pregnancies are a thorn in the fresh in this county. The local administration and parents should make sure that their children return to school like all learners in different parts of the country,” he said.
He said though many investors have promised to invest in the county, the locals could not benefit from employment if they were not qualified.
“Don’t cheat yourself that you can be employed to do professional jobs if you lack the qualifications. Things are changing fast so we should embrace education to compete with the modern world,” he said.
Tunai also called on teachers to continue upgrading their studies as teaching skills were changing with time.
Kilgoris Central Ward MP Julius Munka admitted that 3,000 underprivileged students in his ward had benefited since the year 2017 when he was elected.
The security team has also warned the education stakeholders that if they do not take education seriously, their children could easily engage in criminal groups and cause insecurity in the county.
By Ann Salaton