(Photo: Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o with learners)
Kisumu county Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has revolutionized education in his county by increasing the county’s Education Bursary Fund from ksh2 million to ksh4 million per ward to meet the growing number of bright and needy students across the county.
The Kisumu county Governor said in a statement that, the move is intended to enhance transition rates and retention of students in schools while enhancing access to education.
A need’s assessment in schools done by the county government revealed that the number of needy students is on the rise.
The Kisumu county government is committed to ensuring that students do not stay away from school for lack of school fees.
“We will continue to support needy and bright students through the County Bursary Fund.” He said.
The Kisumu county has also set aside Ksh65 million for scholarships of bright and needy students who have scored 350 marks and above in KCPE.
A total of 350 pupils are set to benefit from the Governors Scholarship programme that will see 10 students per ward selected in the exercise.
Speaking during the official commissioning ceremony of the Elimu Scholarship program, Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili stressed the crucial role played by education in nation building.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Equity Bank and the World Bank, 165 students were feted and awarded scholarships to advance their studies after posting exemplary results in last year’s KCPE examinations.
Prof Nyong’o’s programme is only comparable to what his Migori counterpart Zachery Okoth Obado has been doing since he was elected as the first governor of Migori county