Story by Oti Oteba/Tony Wafula
Thirty Nine needy students from the Batecho Clan in Bungoma county have benefitted from Sh407,000 from clan’s kitty.
The students ranging from those joining form one, those in continuing in high school and those in Universities were all smiles after they were handed cheques.
Senate speaker Hon. Ken Lusaka who presided over the Batecho Welfare Association Education Bursary Kitty function on January 10 at Chewai hotel in Bungoma town stated that the bursary is meant to sustain the needy students from the clan from dropping out of school.
“The bursary kitty is aimed in promoting education to those students who scored highly in their KCPE and KCSE exams and are from vulnerable families,” he said.
Lusaka said the community will ensure that students get quality education.
He called on other sponsors to emulate the same and support students get the best education adding that this young generation will be tomorrows’ leaders.
The former first governor assured Bungoma residents that they are looking forward to make the scholarship program an annual thing to ensure they fully support candidate from vulnerable families.
“In the next Batecho Education scholarship program we are looking forward to get more than Sh3 to Sh4 million so that we can sponsor more students,’’ he said.
Lusaka called on students to put on more effort in their studies adding that the vetting exercise was done in a fair way.
“We need educated leaders, take advantage of this so that you can succeed in future, good life is about education,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Webuye west Mp Dan Wanyama who encouraged parents to help their children apply for Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loans to cater for their Education in higher learning institutions.
“To support the poor against adverse financial difficulties and to ensure that no eligible students dropped out of University due to inability to finance their Education, loan and bursary schemes were introduced to benefit all higher learning institution students who could not fully finance their Education,” he said.
The legislator stated that for the sustainability of the Kitty the management should look for a better investment to raise more funds.”We need a good performance record so that they can benefit more from kitty, it help them more based on their good performance in school,” said Wanyama.
He called on parents to stop abdicating their responsibility to teachers and let them do the follow up on their children’s progress.