Over 9,800 students from Trans Nzoia county have benefitted from Sh 120 million bursaries courtesy of the county government.
The bursaries will cater for the four year academic period that each of the form one beneficiaries will be in school, an initiative that seeks to ensure 100 percent transition for all students.
George Natembeya on Thursday graced the official launch of the Elimu Bursary Program rolled out by his administration at the Kitale Showgrounds.
The governor was flanked by his deputy Philomena Kapkory, Woman MP Lilian Siyoi, County Secretary Truphosa Awuor, County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers, a host MCAs among other dignitaries.
Beneficiary students as well as their parents and members of the general public attended the auspicious occasion that attracted a mammoth audience for the first of its kind program.
Natembeya disclosed that 30 percent of the total funds had been allocated for vocational training students in the county to promote skilled knowledge.
The governor said his administration increased the annual bursary allocation from Sh 25 million to Sh 120 million to cater for the growing needs.
He observed that the high poverty index in the county had immensely contributed to school dropouts and that this informed the decision to increase the allocations.
“We want to break the vicious poverty cycle and we can only realize this by ensuring that our children access quality education hence we shall endeavor to support them,” said Natembeya.
The county boss cautioned head teachers and school principals against sending students home for school fees noting that they waste alot of time on the road instead of spending the time in class.
At least 45 college and university students benefitted from the program in each of the 25 wards and at least 300 secondary students from the same jurisdictions.
Natembeya lauded the bursery vetting committees from the ward levels up for showing transparency in their work even as he cautioned against canvassing.