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Kiambu issues Sh100m bursary to needy students

Twenty-five thousand beneficiaries Tuesday benefited from Sh100 million bursary from Kiambu County Government during a ceremony at the Kiambu Government Headquarters.

The recipients are University and Vocational Training Centers’ students who received Sh20m, while orphans received 4m, Day school students Sh10m and boarders got Sh60 m.

Among the beneficiaries were also People Living with Disability, whom the governor said required attention in the allocation of resources and they received Sh6million.

Speaking at the launch, Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro noted that the bursary was only the first step to ensuring that education is paramount for the development of the country.

“We are working towards generating our income from agriculture, businesses, self-employment and we plan to work with coffee farmers, dairy farmers, and look for coolers to take to small dairies. We have also set aside  Sh1.3B to build schools for the youths where they will learn different skills that can go a long way in ensuring that the skills are in tandem with our requirements,” he noted

“On Vocational Training Centers, we will organize workshops with members of the County Assembly to discuss on how those joining our training centers will be able to secure employment,” Nyoro noted in his address.

He decried corruption in disbursement of bursaries saying some parents were colluding with some teachers to share the money meant for helping students and said his office would rein in on them.

The governor said he is working closely with the committee going around schools to report on school reopening to ensure that every student is back in school after the corona pandemic.

            He concluded by urging parents and teachers to report any cases of those still at home for unforeseen circumstances.

He assured parents of the safety of the pupils and students saying, “we have over 20 ambulances on standby. We have enough experience because when class 8 and form 4 students re-opened, we had COVID cases in a few schools and we handled that problem accordingly. Our doctors have enough PPEs and are ready to help us with the return to school process”.

By Lydia Shiloya

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