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University students benefit from bursaries

Over 600 students from Kasipul Constituency, Homa Bay County have benefitted from bursaries worth Sh6.5 million to support their university education.

The students who are reporting for their first year in various universities received financial support from Kasipul National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).

Kasipul Member of Parliament Ong’ondo Were, who distributed the bursary cheques on Tuesday in the NG-CDF offices in Oyugis town said each student received Sh10,000.

Were said the funds will cushion vulnerable students who could otherwise miss out on joining the universities due to high poverty levels.

He said there were many parents who had approached him saying their sons and daughters were going to fail to join due to financial constraints.

The Legislator said Kasipul was the first constituency in Nyanza region to allocate bursaries for students joining universities.

“Kasipul NG-CDF is the first one to provide allocation for university students. Many students would otherwise fail to join universities if they are not supported” Were said.

He said that his dream was to promote education in the area to produce a highly skilled workforce.

The MP argued that the best way to invest in the people for posterity is through education.

“Education is the best investment for posterity. Giving our children funds to join universities will transform this constituency,” Were said.

The MP told the students to shun social vices and focus on their education to enable them to meet the intended objectives.

“I cannot support students who are always preoccupied with politicking, I want students to concentrate on their studies,” Were said.

Central Kasipul Member of County Assembly (MCA)Bob Obondo lauded the move saying it will shape the future of many students in the constituency.

“We have never had any allocation for students joining universities in our region. This initiative will transform Kasipul,” Obondo said.

Parents applauded the initiative saying it was a relief for them during the prevailing harsh economic times.Beatrice Achieng, a widow, said she lacked funds for her child but was now relieved.

Risper Auma, a student said the funds had motivated her to work hard in her studies.

“I hail from a poor family and I am now sure I am going to join Rongo University to study education,” Auma said.

By Davis Langat

 

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