Nandi County Government has disbursed Sh60 million in education bursaries to needy students across the county to facilitate their return to school.
Speaking at Cheptarit Vocational Training Center in Mosoriot Sub County during the disbursement exercise, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said the bursary would benefit students in universities, secondary, primary and special groups to pursue their education.
Sang noted that the main objective of the funds is to boost education in the region and ensure needy but bright students got an opportunity to continue with their education without any hindrance.
“The objective of the programme is to enable as many students as possible to acquire education and reduce financial burden on their parents,” he said adding that education remained the best legacy parents can bestow on their children.
The governor pointed out that education forms part of his legacy and he wants to ensure children from financially challenge families pursue their dreams in various learning institutions.
“Students who have received the bursary should concentrate in school and work hard because their parents and guardians will no longer spend more sleepless nights thinking about where they will get money to pay their fees,” he said
Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei said education is the only avenue through which the life of children from poor families and their counterparts from rich families could be equalized.
“If you want to kill a society, deny children education. This programme is aimed at shaping the lives is children so that we can have a society of various professionals in the future,” she said
The Deputy Governor urged parents and teachers to monitor children’s education and behavior in and outside school.
Nandi County Executive Committee Member for Education, sports, culture and Youth affairs Scolastica Tuwei said the exercise of identifying the beneficiaries was conducted through a transparent process to ensure only deserving students benefited.
“I am satisfied the criteria used to identify beneficiaries was transparent. The community and local administration ensured we selected only deserving cases, especially those coming from poor backgrounds, orphans and the disabled,” she said.
The governor also commissioned the distribution of learning materials to all the ECDE center’s across the county.
By Linet Wafula