West Pokot County has launched the first phase of the bursary kitty worthy two hundred million shillings set to help bright needy Students from the County.
The bursaries will cater for 21,000 form two, three and four students studying within and outside the County.
Area governor Prof John Lonyangapuo disclosed that he aims at changing the narrative of the county being marginalized by uplifting education through supporting needy learners.
“We shall continue supporting bright and needy students from the county to scale up their education until literacy levels in this region goes up,” asserted Lonyangapuo.
The county boss challenged the national government to liaise with county governments to boost the education sector.
“We want the national government to work hand in hand with the county government to promote education in the area,”he said.
Lonyangapuo advised the beneficiaries of the bursaries to take advantage of the program to prosper by advancing to greater heights.
“We want the beneficiaries to work hard so that they can uplift the economy of the region in future, adding that the county lagged behind in development in the past due to lack of professionals,”he said.
He said the program was an icing sugar on the cake for the bright but needy students whose future appeared bleak initially but smiles were painted on their faces with the good news.
“We shall soon add some more money for students in tertiary colleges, universities and vocational institutes ,”he said.
Speaking on Tuesday in Makutano stadium during the launch of county bursary kitty Cheque governor Lonyangapuo asserted his administration’s commitment to improving education standards in the county despite it
being marginalized for so many years.
Lonyangapuo said his government has prioritized education since the county had been marginalized for so many years hence lacking proper infrastructure and lagged behind in education.
“We shall continue supporting needy learners in education as my government is ready to support and sponsor them fully” he said.
Senator Samuel Poghisyo who also attended the function called on parents and teachers in the county to help uplift education standards in the County.
He urged head teachers in the County not to sent home pupils and students to collect school fees.
“The County has increased in the uptake of education but we have challenges of school fees,”said Poghisyo.
Poghisyo said that the program help reduce school drop outs in the County urging parents to prioritize girls education.