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Nairobi county government rolls out Sh53m bursary plan

By COLLINS OMULO January 26th, 2018 2 min read

At least 1, 000 secondary school students from poor background in Nairobi are set to benefit from bursaries from Nairobi County.

This comes after the county government of Nairobi rolled out a Sh53 million plan targeting over 1, 000 needy and disadvantaged students with each student set to be awarded Sh53, 000 bursary at the end of the month.

Nairobi County Executive in charge of Education and Sports Ms Janet Ouko said that the programme had already started where all the forms have been sent out to all the public primary schools in the county where only the top students who come from poor backgrounds with a specific bias to orphans, single parent families, and extremely needy families are targeted.

“We are targeting 1, 000 students at a maximum of Sh53,000 for each student pegged on the government’s school fees policy. So under no circumstance will the county be supporting any additional charges,” Ms Ouko said.

“The forms are already in the schools and have been sealed and are set to be returned to us soon. Next week we will sit down to review the forms and the governor can award the bursaries by the end of the month.”

She added that Governor Mike Sonko had formed an oversight committee composed of teachers’ union representatives within Nairobi, Kenya primary schools heads association, a representative for persons with disability among other members to vet the qualifications of the students to be helped.

SCHOOL DROP OUTS

At the same time, Ms Ouko said that the county had also set aside Sh30 million in bursaries targeting to enroll youths, mostly who dropped out of school and those who never went up to form four, into vocational training institutes to acquire skills that can make them employable, in a programme that will be launched by the end of January.

“We have realized that the problem we have with our youths is that they do not have any particular skills so they are not employable and not also able to begin initiatives of their own because of the lack of skills,” she said.

She said that the county has partnered with USAID to be able to come up with innovations and the required skills through their program called, Generations, that study the opportunities within the market to help inform the youths on what skills to focus on during their training.

“They will be advising us on where to focus on so that we do not embark on a blind program but train based on an opportunity that exists,” said Ms Ouko.

Thursday, Ms Primrose Mbuvi, the wife to Governor Sonko and South B ward Representative Ms Waithera Chege led in the distribution of the bursaries in both secondary schools and vocational training institutes in the county.

“We should work hard to ensure Nairobi residents get best education and other social amenities. My husband promised a lot during his campaigns and we should work tirelessly to get Nairobi going,” said Ms Mbuvi.

Earlier this month, the county also pledged to sponsor 612 students who performed well in the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) where the top three students in the county’s 204 public primary schools were to benefit from the kitty.