Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru, on Tuesday disbursed Sh32.8 million as bursaries to assist some of the county’s needy students in secondary schools, colleges, and universities.
The beneficiaries include 7,867 secondary school students, 1,514 college students and 1,195 university students.
While issuing the bursary cheques to the beneficiaries at her official residence, Waiguru said the funds would facilitate the education of vulnerable students identified during an intensive vetting process by bursary committees.
“My government remains committed to supporting the education of our children, the improvement of academic performance in our county and ultimately, the lives of our youth is paramount,” said the Governor.
She said the gesture would also assist some of the most vulnerable households badly hit by effects of Covid-19 pandemic and ensure that studies of learners were not disrupted.
Waiguru encouraged the students to work hard in their studies and fly the Kirinyaga flag high and at the same time appealed to school principals to continue encouraging their students as they learn.
She said that the disbursement was the last tranche of this year’s bursary kitty of Sh 113 million benefitting about 40,000 students.
“The County government will continue supporting the needy students; we have allocated approximately Sh 150 million bursary for the next financial year,’ she said.
Waiguru at the same time appealed to school management teams to ensure that all the laid down Covid-19 containment protocols are observed at all times in the learning institutions.
She said that the County’s Department of Health will continue offering the required support to ensure compliance with the protocols by the institutions.
By Irungu Mwangi