Needy students in Nandi are set to benefit from Sh.84 million in bursaries sponsored by the county government education fund.
Of the sum, Sh18 million will cater for secondary schools, Sh.6 million for special needs and Sh.60 million for other needy students in various institutions in the entire county.
Speaking at St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary, Chepkunyuk in Nandi Hills constituency when releasing the cheques, Governor Stephen Sang said the aim is to boost education and ensure bright and needy students get an opportunity to study.
“As a county we are distributing the bursaries in a fair and transparent manner to ensure deserving students benefit from the fund”, he said.
Sang urged the girls to work hard in their studies so that they may achieve better grades owing to the fact that the school had a mean grade of 4.46 in the 2019 KCSE results.
In a separate interview with KNA, the Nandi Senator, Samson Cherargei claimed the amount set will not reflect on the students’ accounts owing to ongoing by past experiences.
“In 2019, the amount given as bursary was Sh.60 million but the one received by the students was Sh.35 million, where did the Sh.25 million go?” he queried.
Cherargei added that some students were given their cheques in November 2019 but funds have not reflected in their accounts to date.
The Senator faulted the governor for misplaced priorities for instance purchasing tractors, giving out certificates for residents who have stopped open defecation instead of focusing on vital projects.
“Corruption is rife in Nandi from issuance of non-existent drugs, completion of road projects and sourcing for tenders”, he pointed.
Cherargei called upon the EACC to investigate the loss of funds meant for projects in the County and bring the individuals involved into account.
By Bethsheba Abuya