17 May 2014

Kenya: Murang'a Assembly Passes Bill to Release Sh70 Million for Bursaries

Murang'a County Assembly passed a crucial bill to facilitate release of Sh 70 million to support needy students pursue their secondary school education

The bill, Murang'a County Scholarship Fund Bill moved by John Njoroge Gitau (Kamahuha) was passed with amendments with members describing it as a turning point to facilitate students from poor background access secondary and college education.

The bill which has set regulations favouring students with special needs compels the executive to ensure fund is released to all beneficiaries in first term of every year.

An oversight fund committee will be formed at the ward level to vet the beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries of the kitty,the bill spells that must be students in public run institutions.

In the financial estimates, Murang'a County Government allocated Sh 2 million to each of the wards to be shared out among the needy.

As the motion was passed students from Kahuhia Girls were in the gallery watching the deliberations that dominated Thursday afternoon.

The members led by Muhoro wa Njeri (Kariara ward) sought to have more money allocated to the bursary kitty to meet the increasing demand for facilitation among the students.

" It is a moment of joy in the assembly as the elected members are experiencing difficulties from the electorate seeking financial assistance to send their siblings to secondary schools," said Muhoro.

Mary Njoroge and Catherine Mugo (nominated) a career teacher said in future bursary kitty should be increased to at least Sh 100 million owing to high demand of facilitation.

"The bursary scheme is the right way to reclaim the regional education glory in Murang'a region as many of the parents have experienced challenges in facilitating education of their children," said Mugo.

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