Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Hon. Jackson Mandago, EGH on Friday launched the disbursement of bursaries amounting to Ksh. 95 Million to needy students across the County.
Speaking during the ceremony, the county boss said that 14,076 students from secondary schools, colleges, universities as well as vocational and training institutions will benefit.
Governor Mandago who is the patron of the kitty said that his administration has given priority to education.
Education in Uasin Gishu County has been given the topmost priority,” said Mandago.
“In the upcoming supplementary budget, Ksh.1 Million will be given to each Ward, “added the Governor.
The county Chief further said that his administration has an elaborate plan to ensure that no student drops out of school due to lack of school fees.
The County Boss further pointed out the efficiency in which the needy students were identified and budgetary allocation for the bursaries done has set standards for timely delivery of projects and ought to be replicated going further.
Should bursary allocation funds be increased, Governor Mandago says that the focus will shift to Vocational Training Colleges.
On his part Education CECM Joseph Kurgat, pointed out that the adoption of the County Bursary and Skill Development Act of 2014 resulted in increased access to education, school retention and a high completion rate among students.
Out of the total beneficiaries,10,572 are in secondary schools, 716 are in vocational training colleges, 361 are in various KMTC campuses, 990 in colleges and 1,258 in universities,” noted the CECM.
“In the year 2014, the county assembly established the County Bursary and Skill Development Act which provides funds to needy students to access education. The act also stipulates how the bursary should be allocated and disbursed in the most accountable and equitable manner possible across the county,” added Kurgat.
Mr. Kurgat noted that in the last 7 financial years, a total of Ksh 737,800 million has been disbursed and that has benefited a total of 99,772 beneficiaries.
Other top county Officials present included CECM’s Mary Njogu (Water), Samwel Yego (Agriculture) and Esther Mutai (Cooperatives) several Chief Officers and a host of Members of the County Assembly led by Education Committee Chair Hon. Noah Kemboi.