THE Kiambu county government has set aside Sh105 million for bursaries. It has also drafted the County Schools Bursary Bill that if passed, will ensure the money is given to the right people.
County Cabinet Executive Committee member for Education and Social Services Esther Ndirangu said the bursaries will be given to bright and needy children with the aim of boosting education in the region.
"We have realised that most poor people take their children to public schools while those who are rich take theirs to private schools. We want to make sure that we ensure good grades from public schools so the government has set aside Sh105 million for the bursary fund. We shall also engage alumni who have made it because we have many high profile people in government and private sector who went through these schools," she said.
Ndirangu said education in Kiambu has deteriorated due to high levels of poverty and lack of proper infrastructure. She said the county government will value to the sector from early childhood to higher education centres.
Ndirangu was speaking at a stakeholders meeting where the bursary bill drafted by the executive was discussed. She was accompanied by Kiambu Education committee chairman Joel Wachire and Ngoliba ward representative Grishon Ngigi.