KWALE Governor Salim Mvurya has faulted a move by county assembly members to stop the disbursement of bursaries to students. Mvurya said the school sponsorship programme launched recently at Matuga Girls' Secondary School is meant to benefit poor students in Kwale.
Speaking at Amani Beach Hotel in Tiwi on Thursday, Mvurya said the programme should not be politicised. "The bursary project is aimed at ensuring our children study without interruption. Many of them were at home for several months due to lack of fees before the programme was launched," he said.
Mvurya said more than 4,000 students have benefited from the bursaries. He said the representatives should have arranged a meeting between the County Assembly Committee on Education and the county executive in charge of Education to solve the problem.
The representatives however maintained that the programme has been is outlawed. "The governor is forgetting that secondary and primary education function is for central government and not counties. There is no law directing counties to use its funds for education purposes," said Samburu ward representative Chirema Kombo.