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Council asks Equity to award 5 percent of its scholarship to disabled pupils

03 January 2016, 16:31 Geoffrey Kimagut

Nairobi - National Council for Persons with Disabilities has asked the Equity Foundation to set aside five per cent of its Wings to Fly scholarship to students with disabilities.

Council’s chairman David ole Sankok said this is one way of promoting affirmative action for persons living with disabilities.

Speaking to the press in Narok town on Saturday, Sankok said many bright disabled students have dropped out of school after failing to raise the required school fees.

“The failure to award the disable scholarships is a form of discrimination against the disabled. There is need to empower this group so as to positively contribute to the nation building,” said Sankok.

Sankok maintained that council has in its data bank names of disabled and needy students who have excelled in the just released KCPE examination.

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“Indeed it is the disable who should be given the Wings to Fly and we want to make a passionate appeal to the bank management to look into this issue,” he said.

He also called on Safaricom foundation, KCB and other institutions that offer scholarships to set a given percentage for the disabled.

“As a council, we want the rights of the disabled to be respected because this is a group that is very productive to the country's economy. We welcome efforts by organizations, banks and even County governments that seek to promote the rights of the disable as enshrined in the constitution,” said Sankok.

The council boss said learners with disability have not benefited from free primary and secondary education in the country because most schools have not been fitted with facilities for this group of learners.

He stated that effort should be made to see that the increased number of special needs candidates who sat for the KCPE exam transit to secondary schools.

Equity Bank is offering 2 000 scholarship to needy students who scored over 350 marks in the 2015 KCPE.

The program is open for eligible students from December 30, 2015 to January 6, 2016. Those who will be short-listed for the scholarships will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the Equity Group Foundation Regional Scholarship Selection Board (RSSB).

The comprehensive secondary school scholarships under the Wings to Fly program are designed to provide financial and related relief to academic achievers from financially constrained backgrounds who would otherwise not afford to join secondary school without financial support.

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