Two hundred and eighty bright and needy students have benefitted from Governor Jack Ranguma’s scholarship program for bright and needy students.

This number takes the total number of beneficiaries to 510, after 230 students benefitted from a similar initiative last year.

Speaking during the ceremony to award the scholarships at Tom Mboya Labour College, Governor Ranguma said his administration has increased the number of the beneficiaries to meet the county’s growing demand.“My Government has allocated Ksh30 million to facilitate the scholarship program. We are complementing this initiative with a bursary kitty which was initiated in 2014 and has been benefiting students from secondary schools, colleges and universities,” said Governor Jack Ranguma.

Twelve thousand others are set to benefit from Ksh70 million in bursary this term.“The ward education committee selected eight students from each of the 35 wards who scored 350 marks and above in last year’s K.C.P.E. All theses students you see here today are from very needy families,” said Jenipher Kere the County Executive member for Education adding that the scholarship awarded will cover not only the students’ school fees but travel costs, uniforms, books, shopping and pocket money.

“All we require from you is hard work and excellence at school work.” She concluded.

“My government will ensure no bright student is locked out from pursuing their full academic potential,” asserted the governor. “I recall with nostalgia the hardship I went through in my academic life. My mother used to sell mandazi at Kibuye to pay my school fees at Kisumu Boys High School. That is why I am passionate about the scholarship and bursary programs for the children of this county."

The county head instructed the Ministry of Education in the county to expedite the award of bursaries this term to reduce the burden of fees on parents and students.

Apart from the scholarship and bursary programs, the County government has completed the construction of 105 ECDE classrooms and has initiated a school feeding program for E.C.D.E pupils besides hiring 700 ECDE teachers.

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