A hundred secondary school scholars who scored 300 marks and above during the 2018 KCPE exams from public schools have been fully sponsored by the County Government of Taita Taveta. Addressing the students during the official launch of the 2019 scholarship program, Governor Granton Samboja said his administration reviewed the Taita Taveta County Education Fund Board Act to cater for brilliant students from humble backgrounds who score above 300 rather than 400 in public school.
“Study hard to ensure you don’t lose this opportunity. We will not spend taxpayers money to pay for students who do not perform well in school. I beseech you to place emphasis on studies,” said H.E Samboja.
He added that the County Government has secured 40 million for bursaries to reach out to more scholars in the County.
“We have written to the controller of budget and asked for 40 million. They have assured us that by next week we will have the funds. Ksh. 2 million will be allocated to each Ward,” said H.E Samboja.
CECM Education and Libraries Daniel Makoko said the County Government is providing the students with school fees, uniform and the required books.
He said that the county has widened the scope to cater for more needy students from public primary schools. This has however caused a stir among a section of the residents who feel that those in private schools have been sidelined.
“We look forward to a 100% transition of our beneficiaries to universities after completion of their high school education,” said Hon. Makoko as he challenged the students to work hard.
MCAs encouraged students to capitalize on the scholarship program to excel in their endeavors and set a precedence for others to strive to succeed.
“As MCAs we should also support students through scholarship program. Let’s set aside 1 million each to educate our students. I am currently educating 27 students ,” said Kaloleni Ward MCA Ahmed Omar .
23 of the hundred students are joining national schools, 60 are going to provincial schools, 16 are reporting to County schools while one will attend a Sub County school. 41 girls are among the a hundred beneficiaries.
Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui called on form four leavers to join Vocational Training Centers saying the institutions offer courses that are crucial in empowering the youth .
“We want to incorporate more disciplines like gemstones value addition courses to assisting our youth earn a living out of our valuable minerals,” she said.
Wundanyi Sub County Education Director Mr. Ochieng Owango has challenged the County to join hands with the department to improve the grades attained in secondary and high school.
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