Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH, on Friday presided over the launch of distribution of Ksh. 95 million worth of bursary cheques for needy students in Uasin Gishu County.
The funds will benefit over 13,000 students from secondary, colleges, KMTC, VTCs and universities.
Speaking during the event held at the county headquarters in Eldoret town, Mandago thanked the bursary committee at ward levels for hastening the process of identifying and allocating beneficiaries.
He said the speed witnessed during the allocation of the bursary should be used going forward.
“This is the period we want to use when it comes to matters identifying and allocation of funds to bursary beneficiaries,” Mandago said.
He also revealed that his administration had agreed with the County Assembly on the need to increase bursary allocation even as the Corona virus takes a toll on the economy.
Mandago said, they will soon draft a supplementary budget that will see each ward get an additional Ksh 1 million for the bursary.
“Bursaries allow those from less privileged families to get access to education and we thank MCAs for allowing the allocation of funds for the kitty ,” the Governor said.
“We don’t want our youths to lack jobs because they don’t have education,” he added.
The Governor further pointed that his administration is now seeking to focus its financial support to students in Vocational Training Centers who do not get support from the national government unlike secondary students who have NG-CDF bursary kitty and university and TVET institutions students who are now funded through the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
County Executive Committee Member for Education, Joseph Kurgat, on his part said the bursary kitty has helped increase access to education and improve retention in schools within the county.
Kurgat said of the total Ksh95 million bursary, 13,897 students will benefit out of which 10,572 are from secondary schools, , 716 from Vocational Training Centers , 361 (KMTC), 990 from various colleges and 1,258 university student..
Uasin Gishu County Assembly Education Committee chairperson, Noah Kemboi, who was also present thanked the bursary committees for a job well done.
He however called for an increase of the budgetary allocation to the education department.
“The budget for education is too small. We ask that we increase the allocation to benefit more students and other sectors in the department,” said the Moiben ward MCA.
County Secretary Edwin Bett, County Executive Member’s Dr. Emily Kogos (Trade), Esther Mutai (Cooperatives), Mary Njogu (Water) Chief Officer’s Jane Njuguna (Education), Joseph Maritim (Youth affairs) Dr. Victoria Tarus (Livestock Development), John Kemboi (ICT) and Simion Kemei (water)