KNA The County Government of Kiambu and Family Bank Foundation have partnered in a mission to ensure 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school in Kiambu.
Speaking, yesterday, during a function where the Family Bank Group offered education scholarship to 10 children from needy families, Family Bank Foundation Chairman, Francis Muraya, said 600 students have benefited from the scholarship program.
“The 10 students are part of the 100 picked from different counties. The Foundation has so far spent Sh 150 million in the scholarship program, benefitting over 600 students over the years,” said Mr. Muraya.
Kiambu County Governor, Dr. James Nyoro, who headed over the education scholarship program for Kiambu County, said he have been engaging with different stakeholders to ensure a number of students in the County have access to financial aid.
“The County has continued to disburse bursary to the respective wards and we have also partnered with well-wishers like Family Bank to ensure students from vulnerable families do not miss out in education,” said Nyoro.
According to Nyoro the county has so far spent Sh 100million on bursary since last year with a Sh 200million allocation set for this Financial Year
However due to poverty and other externalities, like the effects of Covid-19 on household incomes, some children have been unable to go to school due to lack of school fees. This has made the County to continue supporting the needy students, and even look for ways to enhance the income activities of the guardians and ease access to financing so as to empower them and reduce reliance on bursary
Speaking to KNA Ms. Pricilla Njagi a parent to one of the students who benefited from the Scholarship after her daughter attained good grades in the last KCPE exams, she thanked the foundation for giving her daughter a chance to attain a secondary school education
“I am overwhelmed with joy today, because I didn’t know how my daughter would go to school because I did not have the money to pay for her secondary school fees, my daughter’s future now looks much brighter because of this opportunity,” she said.
The right to education and training to all Kenyans is fundamental as the Constitution of Kenya 2010 makes education a basic right under the Bill of Rights where basic education is guaranteed for all children and the state is obliged to make its provision possible progressively.