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Vihiga County to spend KES 125M on bursaries

25 May 2015, 21:57 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Vihiga county will spend KES 125 million as bursaries to support education of bright and needy students in secondary and higher learning institutions.

Governor Moses Akaranga said that his administration has increased the allocation to the bursary kitty from Sh 80 million in the last financial year to KES 125 million due to increasing number of needy cases.

"My government is committed to ensuring that all students from poor families are supported to complete their education. The number of applications for bursaries has increased and that is why we decided to add more money to the kitty to support majority," said Akaranga.

The governor was speaking at Nyang'ori Boys High School during the school's Annual General Meeting (AGM) over the weekend.

He commended the school for better performance in last year's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations where all the 250 candidates who sat the examination managed to attain the minimum university qualifying entry of a C+.

"I want to take this opportunity to salute the school's board of management, students and teachers led by outgoing principal Benjamin Anyira for their exemplary KCSE results that we are celebrating here today," said Akaranga.

The governor pointed out that the county had supported more than 26,000 needy students pursuing post primary education through the bursary kitty,

He added that all the 25 wards were awarded KES 3 million each adding that KES 1 million was disbursed to the wards every term for the programme.

He added that the allocation to the ward will be increased to KES 5 million to be able to benefit more needy students.

Akaranga reiterated his call on the national government to allow counties take charge of infrastructural development of learning institutions.

He added that during his visit to most of the institutions he established that most of them faced serious infrastructural challenges and only relied on parents and the national government for intervention.

Akaranga noted that the counties could not provide assistance in such situations because the constitution bars them.

He noted that there was need to review the constitution to give counties mandate to handle infrastructural development in learning institutions since they are close to them and understands their needs better.

"Let the national government remain with the responsibility of employing teachers, but give counties powers to take charge of infrastructure development," he added.

Anyira said parents of the school owe the institution more than KES 4.5 million in fees arrears.

Akaranga urged parents to pay fees promptly adding that they should be motivated by the school's good performance in national examination to pay fees.

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