Over 47,000 students from Narok to benefit from Ksh400M bursary kitty

Narok Governor Patrick ole Ntutu presides over disbursement of the bursaries at the county headquarters.

More than over 47,000 needy students from Narok County are set to benefit from a Ksh400 million bursary kitty.

Speaking during the disbursement at the county headquarters, Governor Patrick ole Ntutu said that among the beneficiaries are 1,600 students who are getting full scholarships for their secondary and tertiary-level education.

The numbers are an increment from last year’s figures, where the bursary issued was Ksh370 million and benefited 44, 000 students, of whom 500 received full scholarships.

Ntutu said that to curb embezzlement of the bursary money, beneficiaries will receive a direct message on their phones, indicating the school, amount received, reference number and admission number.

“This is a new dawn unlike before when a manual system was used to identify the beneficiaries. This year, the beneficiaries will only have to walk to the school and simply present the message to confirm the bursary allocation with the school management,” he said.

The county boss said that the disbursement is timely to assist the country in attaining the 100% transition policy.

He said that education is a critical pillar for any nation’s development and that the foundation of any ideal society with adequately skilled men and women, capable of bringing about all-round development, is rooted in the sound education of its people.

Ntutu noted that the county had constructed over 298 Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) classrooms in the past year.

“The foundational structure of a child’s education is critical; if that foundation is not well laid out, the future of that child is at stake,” he said.

Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit urged the bursary committees to ensure that the funds will be equally distributed across the county’s 30 wards.

“I call on the bursary board and committees in all regions to allocate funds equally especially to needy and deserving students,” he said.

He called on the residents to appreciate the governor’s efforts which had led to the county being ranked among the top-performing counties in the country.

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