Government to fund Elimu beneficiaries to higher education level

Beth Kitoo a representative from the Ministry of Education in a past event /File Photo

The government has promised to continue funding students under the Elimu scholarship up to the higher education level including Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and universities.

While speaking to Elimu scholarship beneficiaries during a mentorship programme at Baricho Boys in Kirinyaga on Friday, the Director of Projects Coordination and Delivery at the Ministry of Education, Beth Kitoo said the funding will aid the students in fulfilling their dreams.

Kitoo also said the timely implementation of the new funding model will also ensure continuity and sustainability of the programme in a bid to fully achieve its intended goal.

“The new funding model came just at the right time because any programme that is implemented must have a sustainability plan.

We are very happy because we know that our scholars under the Elimu scholarship, who are sitting for the KCSE exam later this year, will be supported under the new funding model, 100 per cent,” she said.

At the same time, she encouraged the candidates under the programme to work hard in their studies so as to continue benefiting under the plan and to also fully realise their ambitions.

“With all this kind of financial support from the government and its partners, you have absolutely no reason not to work hard in your studies.

Ensure you dedicate your time to your studies because when it is all said and done, you will have no one to shift your failure on because all the hurdles were removed,” she added.

She revealed that the State will not withdraw its support to school girls who have dropped from school as a result of pregnancy, but will see to it that they resume school in order to continue with their studies.

Currently, Elimu has a total of 37, 575 beneficiaries across the country and as per Kitoo they are working to see the number rise up to 52, 000 students in the near future.

By Vostine Ratemo

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