Bright students from poor families in West Pokot County have a reason to smile after the county government disbursed Sh300 million as bursaries for secondary education.
Speaking during the release of bursary cheques to beneficiaries at St Theresa’s Girls School-Tartar, Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo said the programme benefited 34,706 students in form one to four.
“Needy and vulnerable students in boarding schools received Sh20,000 each while the rest got Sh10,000. The orphaned and vulnerable in day schools got Sh8,000 each and the rest Sh5,000,”said Lonyangapuo.
Governor Lonyangapuo said his leadership is committed to supporting education in the county to empower youth academically and noted that the kitty has been increased from Sh200 million in 2018 to Sh300 million.
He said the objective of the Fund is to support the financially disadvantaged in the county, including persons with disabilities, who deserve support to pursue their education.
“My administration will continue to officer support to the education sector as we envision a more empowered society,”the County Boss added.
The event was attended by MPs William Kamket(Tiaty), Samuel Moroto(Kapenguria), Peter Lochakapong(Sigor) and the County Women Rep Lilian Tomitom.