Orphans in Gucha benefit from presidential bursary programme

Some 71 orphans from Gucha Sub County have benefited from Sh663, 000 under the Presidential bursary program to enable them continue with education without interruption.

Sub-County Children’s officer Bernard Ngugi confirmed that all the beneficiaries were enrolled in various boarding secondary schools across the country.

Our office has disbursed 71 cheques totaling Sh663, 000 to various schools where these orphans are studying to enable them study without being sent home to bring outstanding fees, Mr. Ngugi confirmed.

He said that the scholarship had given hope to the orphans and motivated them to study hard.

Most of them were regarded as burdens by relatives who even failed to meet their basic needs, education included, Ngugi added.

The number of beneficiaries increased following the government’s move to reduce public secondary school fees this year. The initiative gave us room to add more orphans to the scholarship scheme, the officer stated.

He clarified that their office allocated the bursaries depending on the amount of fees schools where the beneficiaries were enrolled.

Orphans in national and county schools are allocated more bursaries than those in extra county schools because the schools’ needs vary depending on how they have been categorized, he explained.

Mr. Ngugi assured that the bursaries would be paid up before end of the year saying they were sure of receiving more money from the same programme before the end of June.

Source: Kenya News Agency