Over 500 needy students missed scholarships in Nandi as the local leaders call for the mobilization of funds to secure dreams of the bright learners in the community.
According to the Equity Bank report, majority of the student who applied for the wings to fly scholarships deserved support but only 100 slots were available for the region.
Among the beneficiaries of the financial institution’s annual program include the 7th best 2020 KCPE candidate, Abiud Kipkirui who scored 430 out of possible 500 marks.
The 15-years old Abuid is set to join Kapsabet Boys high school beginning early August this year.
While presiding over commissioning of 2021 wings to fly scholarship program, Equity Bank Chief Executive Officer Dr. James Mwangi raised alarm over the possibilities of students school below their academic performance due lack school fees.
“This should be a wake up call to county leadership, political leaders and education stakeholders to mobilize resources to facilitate needy children to access quality education. We realized majority of the applicants hail from humble background and this might hinder them from actualizing their goals,” he stated.
In an event that took place in Kapsabet Boys on Wednesday August 21st that was attended by Governor Stephen Sang, MP Julius Melly (Tindiret) among other local leaders.
Noting that over 70 students who benefited from scholarship program were from Tindiret constituency, Mp Melly said that majority of the families living in the hardship region are grappling in abject poverty thus appealed for measures to rescue children from dropping out of the school.
“For the children left out of the scholarships, as leaders, we are expected to take education initiatives as priority. I am looking foward to start a kitty by engaging partners and organizations to pay school fees for the children schooling within my constituency as soon as possible,” said Mp Melly.
Governor Sang called upon the multinational tea companies, businessmen and local contractors to stretch their hands to Community Social Responsibilities (CSR) in helping the the needy students.