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Ugunja CDF to disburse Sh 27 million bursary to 3,900 students

The Ugunja constituency development fund will spend over Sh. 27 million to subsidize the education of more than 3,900 students from the area.

According to the Ugunja CDF committee, the 3,941 students who study in various secondary schools will have the cost of their studies met by the constituency bursary fund.

The chairman of the committee, Benard Omolo Were said that the beneficiaries include 697 form-one students who were awarded a total of Sh. 4.9 million while the continuing students totaling 3,244 will have their fees paid for to the tune of Sh. 22 million.

Speaking during the release of the bursary outside the Ugunja CDF offices in Ugunja town, Omolo said his committee also supports needy students in special skills.

The bursary subcommittee chairman, Philip Oloo Ndaya said that 70 percent of the form one joining students who applied for the bursary were successful compared to 76 percent of the continuing students.

Ndaya thanked secondary school Principals for mobilizing their learners to apply for bursaries.

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association Ugunja sub-county branch chairman Paul Jera hailed the constituency bursary scheme for coming to the aid of bright but needy students.

Jera who is also the principal of Simerro secondary school said most students in day schools are challenged because of the economic situations at home and it is the bursaries that help keep them in school.

“There are those that cannot raise a single coin at home but because of bursary, we have managed to have them in school where they learn and even excel,” said Jera.

The principal of Got Osimbo Girls’ Secondary School Canon. Caroline Ngunya said the bursary had come at the right time when most schools had depleted their resources and will help the institutions run their programs uninterrupted.

By Philip Onyango

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