Over 6,000 students from Sigor constituency will benefit from Kshs 30 million funds under the constituency development kitty. Speaking during the official launch of the program at Sigor Trading centre, area Member of Parliament Peter Lochakapong said the funds will help children from the constituency who were hit by cases of insecurity.
Lochakapong said he decided to allocate the funds to bursary since his area is faced with many challenges and these have hindered many children from pursuing further education.
“With the current peace we have experienced in this region we want to invest in education to help eradicate the outdated cultural practices,” he said.
He said he wished to allocate more funds to the kitty but he was restrained by law. “Maximum allocation to the bursary kitty under CDF act is Kshs 30 million. There are many who are in dire need of the funds but we shall try to share it equally,” he said.
He asked the government to increase allocation to CDF since the current allocation is not enough to meet the demands of the people.
Parents said many children are at home this term due to lack of fees. They said many parents had been discouraged to sell their animals since prices had dropped. “We are pastoralists and we depend on livestock to help us sustain our families when prices go down many people don’t want to sell their animals since they value them,” he said.
They added that many parents in the region have embraced education and transition rate to secondary schools in the region had increased.
A resident, Margaret Philip, said the funds will help save girls from early forced marriages since they will be in school continuously. “Cases of school dropouts are going to drop drastically since we have been helped to pay school fees,” she said. She also thanked the bursary committee for allocating the funds equally to all children without discrimination.