More than 39,000 learners drawn from secondary schools, middle level colleges, vocational training centers and universities will benefit from a Sh135 million Kisii County bursary that will be disbursed through the county education fund.
They include 3,000 middle-level college students who have been given Sh15 million while those from county, extra county and national schools have been awarded over Sh96 million.
Over 4, 000 students from universities have been awarded Sh19 million while those from vocational training centres have received Sh 5 million.
Speaking during the launch governor James Ongwae said, “We all know that education is a game changer in life. It is through education that we can transform the lives of our people”.
The governor applauded members of the County Assembly who passed the Kisii County Bursary Fund Bill in 2014 which precipitated the Act upon which the project is premised.
Since then, the county has been supporting bright but needy learners from humble families.
Mr Ongwae said that the county government first issued bursaries worth Sh45 million to 11,884 students during the 2013/14 financial year.
According to the governor, over 160,000 learners have benefited from the fund.
In 2018, the county disbursed Sh135 million with about 29,000 secondary school students getting Sh107 million while 4,300 university students got Sh15 million.
The fund also set aside Sh11 million that aided 3,500 students in middle level colleges while 514 students in Vocational Training Centers got Sh.2 million.
Ongwae challenged the beneficiaries to work diligently and post impressive performance as this is the only way that they can realise value for the tax payer’s money.
He directed Minister for Education and his Administration counterpart to expedite disbursements at the ward level.
PHOTO: Governor James Ongwae during the launch of the bursary at the Kisii county Headquarters