Muhoroni bursary beneficiaries advised to cash cheques promptly

The beneficiaries of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) bursaries from Muhoroni constituency have been advised to process their cheques before the closure of the current financial year ending June.

The Muhoroni NGDF Chairman, John Ngere raised the alarm following reports that some school heads and parents were delaying with the cheques until they become stale causing unnecessary inconveniences to the beneficiaries.

Recently we were shocked to realise that a parent had kept a NGCDF cheque meant for a beneficiary and forgotten all about it until the student was sent home by which time the cheque was already expired, disclosed Ngere.

He cautioned the school heads, parents and guardians of the sponsored students that they would not be able to access the monies after the lapse of the 2016/2017 financial year at the end of this month.

Ngere spoke when he presided over disbursement of NGCDF bursaries on behalf of area MP, James K’Oyoo during the ceremony held Monday at the Chemelil roundabout where over Shs.12 million worth of cheques were dispatched to secondary students from the sub-county.

Ngere disclosed that the constituency has spent over Shs.20 million in paying school fees for 2,000 plus needy students from its NGCDF allocation in the current financial year.

There are 170 bright and needy students hailing from the constituency and currently pursuing their studies in national schools across the country in addition to today’s beneficiaries, according to the manager.

He further revealed that the constituency also runs other customised bursary schemes that targets university students which are again clustered either on the basis of need or competitiveness of the course being pursued.

Ngere noted that the constituency’s leadership was betting on massive investment in the education sector in a bid to tackle runway unemployment among youths and transform the economic fortunes of the residents.

Leaders who graced the event lauded the area MP for his efforts to bequeath a solid educational foundation for the constituency through the NGCDF.

Those of us in the education fraternity recognise and appreciate the commitment that has been demonstrated by the area MP in bolstering education standards in this sub-county, said Willis Onyonge, the Chairman Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA), Muhoroni sub-county.

Onyonge however, challenged the parents to view the bursaries only as a support by ensuring that they also take up their role of promptly paying fee balances for their children.

Source: Kenya News Agency