Baringo Central Member of Parliament Joshua Kandie has launched a Sh38 million bursary kitty to support students with special needs and orphaned children.
Speaking during the launch at the Constituency office grounds in Kabarnet, Kandie said the funds would benefit some 4,346 needy children from the area studying at the various secondary and tertiary institutions.
The legislator said the support was aimed at ensuring that most of the needy cases received support so that they could embark on their studies without any challenges.
“We want to ensure that all our learners are studying at their respective institutions without any interruption since education is an investment that can transform our society,” he said.
The MP said that he targets to support more students including those from institutions of higher learning and colleges whose parents and guardians were challenged to raise fees for them to continue with their respective courses.
Baringo Central deputy County Commissioner Reuben Ratemo lauded the MP and his entire NG-CDF office for developing a criteria of identifying purely needy cases from across the five wards, noting that the process is transparent and impartial.
“The selection process is a very rigorous exercise but so far, my office has not received any complaints,” he said.
Ratemo pointed out that some other financial institutions like Equity bank which is sponsoring 14 children from the sub county are transforming lives, calling on more partners to come on board so that all learners are supported.
The Sub County Education Director George Ngao said the MP has played a crucial role in the education sector by even participating in some of their meetings which has since yielded improved performances.
He urged other local leaders to emulate Kandie in order for the sector in the region to grow to greater heights.
Chief Principal for Moi Teachers Training College in Seretunin Lorraine Mugoya in her remarks requested the MP to consider increasing the tertiary institutions kitty which is currently benefiting 1,030 students so that it could benefit more students.
Mugoya stated that very many students were eligible for the various bursaries but only a few were getting them.