The Samburu County government has disbursed bursary worth Sh 106.7 million to benefit over 10,000 needy secondary, colleges and university students from the county.
Speaking during the disbursement ceremony in Maralal town Samburu County education CEC Stephen Lekupe said that the bursary is part of the county government’s annual support to thousands of students in secondary and higher institutions of learning.
He noted that the funds will directly benefit over 10,000 students learning in different institutions within and outside Samburu County.
“A total of 5,300 secondary school students within Samburu County and another 2,000 in schools outside the county are set to benefit from the bursaries. Another 2,500 students in colleges and 1,600 students in universities are also set to benefit from the bursaries by the county government,” the CEC said.
At the same time, the CEC flagged off food worth Sh 50 million to be distributed to Early Childhood Development and Educational Centres – ECDE across Samburu under the county’s school feeding program.
The food which includes 220 metric tons of rice, 93 metric tons of beans, 14 metric tons of cooking oil and 3.2 metric tons of salt is set to feed 43,000 ECD pupils currently enrolled in the county.
“The school feeding programme by the county government has so far boosted enrollment levels in our nursery schools across the county by attracting more pupils to the learning centres”. CEC Lekupe added.
Also present were various educational stakeholders including secondary school principals from across Samburu County who received the cheques.
By Robert Githu