Nairobi,23rd January 2022
More than 80,000 needy but bright children from Nairobi City County will benefit from Governor, Ann Kananu’s Executive and Ward bursary disbursements.
Nairobi City County Governor H.E Ann Kananu this morning disbursed bursary cheques amounting to Kshs.590 million 382,500,000 million towards the Ward bursary fund and 207,500,000 executive bursary, making this the largest bursary scheme disbursement in the country.
The Governor officially launched the 2021 academic year Nairobi City County Government Bursary program whose aim is to support needy but bright students in Nairobi County.
Said the Governor, “These are full scholarships to support needy secondary and vocational training students access education for the next four years. It is worth noting that over the last four years, a total Kshs. 1.29billion has been disbursed to needy and bright students. Out of this kitty each of the 85 wards in Nairobi was allocated bursary amounting to Kshs. 4.5 million, an increment of 1million from the previous years, through their respective Ward bursary Committees under the patronage of their MCAs.”
Ms. Kananu thanked Nairobi City County Assembly Members for their leadership and commitment in ensuring fair allocation of the bursaries.
The County boss reiterated her administration’s commitment in addressing the challenges faced by needy students at various educational institutions.
Said Ms. Kananu, “I commit to continue supporting needy and bright children in Nairobi City to ensure continuity of this program and make education more accessible to those who otherwise face seemingly insurmountable economic barriers.”
Ms. Kananu directed the County Executive Committee Member in-charge of Education Ms. Janet Ouko to immediately start the 2022 bursary process to ensure beneficiaries remain in school and are not destabilized come the new school year.
The Governor also urged the parents to engage their children to ensure they remain responsible in order to continue enjoying the County scholarships.
The County Executive Committee Member for Education Ms. Janet Ouko termed this a historic and humbling moment as Nairobi County disbursed the highest amount of bursary to the needy.
Ms. Ouko assured patents that her Sector will do anything to role out the bursaries for the next academic year 2022 as soon as possible. Ouko urged principals not to send away children from the schools even when the money is delayed since the money will eventually be paid.
Said Ms. Ouko, “I salute all MCAs who have ensured the money is secured for the bursary scheme. I urge all those who will come in future to be faithful in ensuring the money is secured for the bursary scheme.”
Speaking at the same event. Nairobi County Secretary, Dr. Jairus Musumba said. “While it is National Government policy to provide free basic education and ensure 100 percent transition of all pupils from Primary to Secondary, user costs remain a significant barrier to education access to children from low-income families.”
The event was attended by the County Executive Committee Members, County Assembly and other invited education stakeholders.