Governor Waiguru disburses Ksh. 32 million to needy students as new term begins
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Tuesday disbursed Ksh. 32.8 million as bursaries to assist some of the county’s needy students in secondary schools, colleges and universities. The beneficiaries include 7,867 secondary school students, 1,514 college students and 1,195 university students.
While issuing the bursary cheques to some of the beneficiaries at her official residence, Waiguru said that the funds will enable the students, who were identified following a vetting process by bursary committees, to remain in learning institutions as the new term begins. “My government remains committed to supporting the education of our children, the improvement of academic performance in our county and ultimately, the lives of our youth”, said the governor.
She added that it was also a way of assisting some of the most vulnerable households badly hit by effects of Covid-19 to shoulder the burden of keeping their children in school. She encouraged the students to work hard in their studies and fly the Kirinyaga Rising flag high and at the same time appealed to school principals to continue encouraging their students.
Governor Waiguru said that the disbursement was the last tranche of this year’s bursary kitty of Ksh. 113 million benefitting about 40,000 students. She added that the county government will continue supporting the needy students noting that around Ksh. 150 million bursary has been allocated for the next financial year.
At the same time she appealed to school management teams to ensure that all the laid down Covid-19 prevention protocols are observed at all times in the learning institutions. She said that the county’s department of health will continue offering the required support to ensure compliance with the protocols by the institutions.