KNA Leaders from Nandi County have called upon private entities and business men to support a total 104,060 students who missed Wings to fly and Elimu programme scholarships nationwide.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and Tinderet Member of Parliament Julius Melly said learners from humble backgrounds risk losing their form one slot next month after failing to secure bursaries to finance their secondary education.
“Private entities and business people can still spare their resources and give back to the society by supporting the bright, deserving and needy students to acquire their education,” stated Governor Sang.
The Governor further urged the Multinational Tea Companies, businessmen and local contractors within the County as a Corporate Social Responsibility to channel their support in the education sector and support over 500 students in the region who missed the scholarships yet they deserved it.
He added that his administration will increase bursary allocation to cater for more needy students to ensure no student is left out due to lack of school fees.
Melly on his part said majority of families living in hardship regions are struggling in poverty thus unable to raise school fees for their children leading to school dropouts and early marriages among others.
“As leaders, let us give education initiatives a priority to ensure those children who never acquired scholarships proceed with their education to achieve their goals in life,” said Melly.
The legislator lauded the Equity Group Foundation and Elimu scholarship programme for giving priority to hardship areas adding that his Constituency received a lion share of 70 out of a total of 100 students who were awarded scholarships.
Abiud Kipkirui, one of the beneficiaries of Wings to Fly scholarship and who is set to join Kapsabet Boys High School called upon other students from poor backgrounds to work hard despite their challenges.
“Now that I have been awarded this scholarship, I am going to work extra hard to achieve my goal of becoming a neurosurgeon. You can also make it from that humble background as long as you work hard and put God first in your endeavor,” said Kipkirui.