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Ijara MP issues Sh2 million bursary to needy students

School managements in Ijara Sub-county in Garissa have been asked to exercise transparency in the utilization of funds meant to assist needy students.

Ijara Member of Parliament (MP), Sophia Abdi Noor, at the same time appealed to parent who can afford to pay school fees for their children to do so and give chance to the less fortunate children in the society to access education through the limited bursaries available.

Ms Sophia was speaking on Wednesday, when she issued a Sh2 million cheque to some 120 beneficiaries from Shurie Secondary School in Masalani town, Ijara Constituency.

“I want to tell teachers and the general school managements to be prudent and accountable in the utilizations of public money as the government is keen on proper usage and it will be audited strictly,” she warned.

The MP challenged students to take their studies seriously as this will lay a firm foundation for their future.

“Through the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), the state will do all it takes to ensure that no student is chased away from school due to lack of school fees,” reiterated the legislator.

At the same time, she advised students to observe high standard of discipline, noting that good morals are the only avenue for good performance, leading to a bright future.

The Principal Shurie Secondary School Hussein Bulle decried the limited number of teaching staff and appealed to the government to consider posting more teachers to the institution, particularly in science and mathematics subjects.

The school’s total enrollment is 480 boys and almost half of them hail from destitute families.

He commended the MP for her commitment in ensuring that no child drops out of school due to lack of fees.

The MP was accompanied by the Sub-County Director of Education Ibrahim Odowa among other dignitaries.

By Mohamed Dahir

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