The Nyeri County government has offered full secondary school scholarships to sixty extremely poor form one students in the area.
The scholarship dubbed ‘governors bursary scholarship scheme’ and modeled in line with Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly aims at sponsoring 60 bright and needy students annually.
The students are only those who score 350 and above marks in KCPE and come from poor backgrounds, a boy and a girl from each of the thirty wards.
Speaking while issuing the cheques in Nyeri town on Wednesday, Governor Mutahi Kahiga said the scheme projected to sponsor about 300 students in the next four years at an
annual cost of Sh.3.5 million.
Kahiga noted that the normal bursary kitty that benefitted 14, 000 students was inadequate to cater for some bright students from very poor backgrounds prompting him
to come up with the initiative of fully meeting the school fees of the sixty students.
He added that the governor’s school kitty was anchored in law by the County Assembly to ensure no bright and needy student missed education.
“I appreciate the role played by the County Assembly to legislate this scheme to ensure our bright and poor students access education,” Kahiga said.
The County boss emphasized on the need for education, adding that it was the bridge that enabled children from poor backgrounds wine and dine with those from middle and upper classes.
Kahiga urged students to display high standards of discipline to ensure they achieved their dreams in school and future life.
He told parents to support teachers noting that the teaching fraternity alone would not achieve much in molding students to become useful citizens and future leaders.
The governor at the same time, hailed the cordial relations that existed between the executive and the legislature that had made the World Bank rank the County number two in the recent Kenya Devolution Support Programme.
By Beth Ndirangu