Kisii County veteran politician James Kenani wants the government to increase funding to constituencies to help cater for the burgeoning population of needy students.
Speaking at Keumbu ward of Nyaribari Chache in Kisii County where he gave out personal cheques worth Sh100, 000 to 25 university students, Kenani said the current allocations to CDF were still insufficient to meet the bursary demands.
“I urge the government to re-look at the budgetary system in such a manner that they can provide specific funds, even up to Sh 600 million for purposes of sponsoring kids that have done well,” he advised.
He said the small support the learners received from politicians may not be enough and thus the need for the government to increase the allocations.
He noted that more could still be done to leverage the education system, enhance its efficiency and expand the scope of those who need the bursary aids.
The ODM politician who wants to be MP Nyaribari Chache in the upcoming polls said hundreds of young people across the constituency were still trapped in low paying menial jobs for lack of funds to advance studies.
The agonizing thing, he said, was to see some families organize fundraisers but ended up collecting far less than what they even used to plan for them.
Kenani said youths who were the backbone of the society needed to be supported for them to join institutions of higher learning.
Beneficiaries led by Damaris Barongo and Mageto Ogoro who are to join Moi University and Bomet University College respectively expressed their gratitude after receiving the cheques and vowed reciprocate by working hard in their courses.
By Erastus Michieka and Clinton Nyamumbo