Governor Waiguru puts in place Bursary Committees

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has put in place twenty committees to oversee disbursement of bursaries in wards. The committees with a membership of five people drawn from various sectors will work closely with Members of County Assembly (MCAs) to help needy students.

Last week, the governor announced that her administrations had set around Ksh. 95 million for the bursaries for the needy students for the Financial Year 2022/2023. “We have allocated Sh 95 million for the bursaries, we have sent out applications for the needy students to apply for the funds,” the governor said. The bursary funds are expected to benefit an average of 40,000 needy students across the County with each ward expected to get about Ksh 7.4 million.

County Department of Education and Public Service held a joint induction session for the committees across the County. The induction is meant to orient members of the committees on bursary application, verification and allocation processes.

County Executive Member for Education and Public Service James Mutugi Kinyua said membership of the committee are drawn from civil societies, professional organizations and religious groups in the respective wards. County Government will appoint one ex-official member who will act as the Committee Secretary. Kinyua asked members to be guided by the principles of fairness, transparency and equity in selection and disbursement of the bursaries. “The bursary committee in each ward is responsible for creating awareness among about the fund, receiving, reviewing and approving applications for bursary as well as determining the amount of bursary to be awarded to the approved applicants,” he said.

He said those legible for the bursaries are students in secondary, college and university who include; orphans, those living with disabilities and those from very poor families. “We want to ensure that the vetting process is above board and that’s why the committees will invite applicants to appear in person before it as well as physical visits to the home of the applicants,” he added.

The committees are expected to take a maximum of 14 days to review the applications after the expiry of the stipulated date of submission.

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