KNA Kisii Equity bank branch manager, Mr. Robinson Mireri has commissioned 160 last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) students who benefitted from the national government and Equity bank’s Elimu Scholarship and Wings to Fly programs to join different secondary schools.
Addressing the media at Kisii High School in the outskirts of Kisii town, Mr. Mireri said that 138 students out of 1,200 applicants qualified for Elimu Scholarship Program while 22 out of 970 of those who applied benefitted from Wings to Fly scholarship.
“These children were selected after a very vigorous process. They have been vetted and we agreed that these are the ones we can support,” he explained.
The manager also singled out low poverty index as the major reason the scholarship programs picked pupils from Marani and Nyamache sub-counties to support their educational desire to achieve their dreams.
“A lot of societal problem cases are reported from Marani and a few from Nyamache. It was discovered that the poverty index of these two sub-counties is lower in the whole of Kisii County than any other place,” Mireri added.
Thomas Ombui and Ann Osoro, two of the beneficiaries, expressed their gratitude for securing the scholarship which will help them achieve their dreams.
“I am happy for securing this scholarship which will help me pay school fees that my parents are unable to pay,” said Ombui.
The 138 students are part of the 9,000 students who received national government’s Elimu Scholarship sponsorship under the Kenya Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project for 2020 KCSE candidates.
Wings to Fly program has benefitted 10,705 needy students across the country in last year’s KCPE.
The Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha, launched Elimu Scholarship Program while Equity Group Foundation Chief Executive, Dr. James Mwangi, commissioned the Wings to Fly program earlier this week.