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2000 students to benefit from county scholarship

KNA   A total of 2,000 students in Bungoma County expected to joining Form one in both National and Extra County schools have benefited from a scholarship. 



The scholarship is aimed at supporting bright but needy students from the County to join various schools across the country.



While launching the scholarship at Kopsiro in Cheptais Sub county Bungoma County on Wednesday, Education and Vocational Training Executive Bungoma county Dr Betty Mayeku, said the annual county Scholarship was established four years targeting bright but needy students who sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and are set to join Form one.



Mayeku said that each of the successful applicants earns a full year’s worth of tuition and subsequent sponsorship until completion of in high school.



The county education and vocational training executive noted that this was a brainchild of Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, the scheme’s pioneer beneficiaries, some 500 needy students, are now in Form 4 in top schools including Alliance Girls and Boys, Kenya High, Pangani Girls, Friends School Kamusinga, Kapsabet Boys, Lugulu among others.



She added that another 1,150 are now in Form 3 and Form 2 in various National and Extra County Schools. She confirmed that after successful end of the exercise this year there will be a total of 3150 beneficiaries on the scholarship program.



“Besides being from a needy family the beneficiaries are required to have scored a minimum of 350 marks at KCPE and admitted either in National or Extra County schools,” she said.



The education and vocational training executive indicated that another category include students with special needs and those from regions with poor results are also considered for award of the County scholarship for affirmative action and equity.



Mayeku confirmed that this year at least 35 students from each of the County’s 45 wards were picked for the scholarship award. 



“The panel assigned to identify beneficiaries ensured only the very deserving cases are considered for scholarships, selection for the fourth cohort, like last year’s exercise, involved impromptu home visits,” said Mayeku.



Mayeku noted that the scholarship scheme is part of Governor Wangamati’s push to ensure that no child from the County misses out on their school of choice on account of lack fees.



“This is the only way to lift our people out of the vicious cycle of poverty,” he told the County Assembly when he sought clearance to start the Scholarship Fund.



Mayeku  who acknowledged that program will not cater for all students said that Bungoma County is also running a Bursary Fund from which about 1,000 needy students from each of the 45 wards or 45,000 students per year across the County are each awarded a minimum of Sh10,000 for those in boarding County schools and Sh5,000 towards a feeding programme for those in day school.



Deputy governor Prof. Kabalaki Ngome who also attended the occasion called upon the guardians and parents to the beneficiaries to play their role on guiding and counseling to ensure that the efforts put by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati on the scholarship does not go to the drain.



Ngome also urged girls who qualified for the scholarship and other young girls to shun away from early pregnancies that lead to school dropout and early marriages.



The deputy governor also cautioned the students against illicit brew that has made the sub county to be left behind for a long period. He wished all successful candidates best of luck as they join various schools across the country.



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