About 7,000 students will benefit from Sh40 million worth of education bursary from Busia County Government.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi commissioned the issuance of cheques to needy students during a ceremony held at Busia Vocational Training Centre.
This comes about five months after the Governor H.E Sospeter Ojaamong issued bursary cheques worth Sh36 million; it had taken three years before any issuance was effected owing to delays in formulation of rules and regulations.
CECM for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami said the department had requisitioned Sh105m for Ward bursaries but the National Treasury released only Sh40m.
“I am appealing to the County and National Treasuries to work on a plan to have all the remaining money released at once, otherwise it will be difficult to allocate”, he said, adding that Sh47m conditional grants for Vocational Training Centres will be disbursed next week.
H.E Mulomi said Sh100m has been allocated 100 million to 105 students who will be provided with scholarships in various fields like education, medicine, law and engineering.
“Education is the most important aspect that we need to embrace in the county; there is need by various stakeholders to team up and embrace the spirit,” he said.
The DG appreciated the role the teachers play in the education in the county; they are the kingpins of education and we believe by giving this support we will be able to get children that are experienced to be empowered to ensure they achieve the requisite education for national development.
Speaker of the County Assembly Bernard Wamalwa and Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale urged the county and national treasuries to ensure future disbursements are done once and not in piecemeal, which will not make any impact.
The Speaker told the County Education Bursary Committee to think outside the box and get partners to boost the bursary kitty instead of only relying on budgets.