Nairobi, 16th February, 2021.
Today more than 60,000 bright but needy children in Nairobi benefitted from Nairobi City County Governor Executive bursary program totaling to over 500Million shillings.
The event which was presided over by Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Director General, Major General, Mohammed Badi, Nairobi County Education Executive, Janet Ouko, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, Bernard Mutura, County Secretary Jairus Musumba and all Nairobi County Executives took place at Charter Hall.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Ag. County Secretary Dr. Jairus Musumba, the Deputy Governor and acting Governor H.E Ann Kananu Mwenda said “Today we are giving cheques worth 297,500,000 Million towards the Ward bursary funds and an additional 207,500,000 Million towards Four (4) years full scholarship from the Governors’ Executive bursary fund both amounting to 505,000,000 Million. My administration’s aim is to fully sponsor deserving but needy children in both National and County schools to ensure greater success in secondary education.”
Ward bursary recipients receive Kshs 3.5M from each of the elected MCAs of the 85 wards. One thousand needy but bright students are usually selected each year for the Executive for a 4-year full school fees scholarship.
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This financial year 2019/2020, the county committed Kshs 400M for bursaries and scholarships where each of the 85 Wards in Nairobi County received bursary amounting to Kshs 3.5 M through area Member of County Assembly (MCAs).
Education Committee Chair, Hon. Samora Mwaura called for increment of the Ward bursary from Kshs. 3.5M to Kshs. 6M to enable MCAs assist more needy students. He also urged the County Assembly to change the bursary regulations so that Ward bursaries can go a long way in assisting those in colleges and Universities.
Speaking at the launch where he was the Chief guest, Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS) Director General, Major General Mohamed Badi acknowledged cordial relationship with Nairobi City County Government and the Nairobi County Assembly. Said Major, Badi “NMS will work with the County to ensure all schools are protected from land grabbing. We shall work with the MCAs to ensure land challenges in schools are solved and title deeds issued”. He also said that through collaboration with partners NMS will continue to install hand washing stations in schools, adding that a total of 6, 000 face masks have been distributed to schools.
County Executive Committee Member in charge of Education Janet Ouko said that 70% of Ward bursaries goes to support the youth. Said Ms. Ouko “Bursary is an emergency that needs to be prioritized. I know what it means to give a child to an opportunity to further their studies”.
H.E Ann Kananu reiterated her commitment to addressing the inequalities in access to education for the poor and marginalized children in the City. “I further commit that this process will remain transparent and open by utilizing direct disbursement to schools through electronic funds transfer. I take this opportunity to thank the Nairobi City County MCAs for their support and cooperation throughout the entire bursary process.”
H.E Ag. Governor directed the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Education sector Ms. Janet Ouko to track all the beneficiaries of the Nairobi City County Government executive bursary programme to evaluate their progress in education.