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10 needy students from Bungoma to get financial boost

27 January 2014, 19:06 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Ten pupils from poor and needy families in Mt Elgon Constituency who performed exceptionally well in the recently released KCPE and have received letters to join national schools have a reason to smile after Bungoma Deputy Governor, Hillary Chongwony committed himself to pay their four years school fees.

Speaking during a thanksgiving ceremony over the weekend at Chebombai Primary School, which emerged number one among all public schools in the constituency, Chongwony said his gesture was a way of giving back to the community and was meant to encourage other pupils and also to ensure that the bright and needy pupils do not loose their chances in the top schools they have been selected to join.

“All the ten pupils who include seven girls missed out on scholarships offered by local banks. I decided to step in to ensure their dreams of education for the next four years in high school are not nipped at the bud due to poverty,” said the deputy governor.

Two former pupils of Chebombai Primary school, a boy and girl, who performed well and led in the entire Mt Elgon District with a mean score of 302 marks will benefit from the philanthropy of the deputy governor.

The school, that is at the border of Bungoma and Trans-Nzoia Counties, has over 900 pupils and only four classrooms, where standard 7 and 8 pupils conduct their studies. The rest of the school has to contend with makeshift classes under tents and the lower classes take their lessons under trees.

Eliud Sichei, the school headteacher appealed to well-wishers or anybody including the local area MP, John Serut through the CDF kitty and the ministry of education to intervene and assist the learning institution to set up more classrooms and basic facilities at the school.

“We badly need more than 10 classrooms in the school and a staffroom, as our good performance has attracted more pupils to the school. We will be grateful for any assistance,” said Sichei.

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