More than 500 students from poor and vulnerable families from four wards of Githunguri Sub-County have benefitted from Sh4.5 million bursary from the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF).
During the presentation of the cheques to the 504 beneficiaries at a colourful ceremony at the Githunguri CDF offices Saturday, area Member of Parliament Mr. Gabriel Kago said Sh4, 424, 000 had been given for those who applied in the 2017/2018 financial year.
Mr. Kago said the fund had paid pending bills of about Sh600, 000 for the 2016/2017 for students in various secondary schools and tertiary institutions drawn from Githunguri Sub-County.
The MP advised the beneficiaries to work hard and endeavor to improve the living standards of their families by successfully completing their education and excelling in their examinations as a way of reciprocating Government efforts in funding their education.
The MP said those who were considered had been given S0, 000 compared to the previous allocation when each beneficiary would get Sh3, 000.
He said the money was a relief to parents as it had greatly reduced the fees that the students were required to pay per term.
He told the students to be disciplined and be focused so that their energy bore fruit and helped the administration of the schools in improving the academic standards of Githunguri sub-county.
Kago noted that when students exhibited maturity, it enabled their teachers to go out of their way to improve on what they taught and this helped in completing the syllabus within the prescribed time.
After announcing the figure that had been given to each student, there was pomp and jubilation from the guardians and parents who thanked their MP for his efforts in increasing the allocation handsomely so that they did not labour so much in looking for their balance.
The function was also attended by Githunguri Sub-County administrator Ms. Celina Muriithi who represented Kiambu Mr. Ferdinad Waititu governor and the area deputy County Commissioner Mr. Mwangi Meru.
At the beginning of this term, the Government started subsidizing some school levies and paid more than 2, 000 computation fees per child in secondary schools, a move parents welcomed.
The principal Kiambu township secondary school Mrs. Phoebe Kamau told KNA during a visit to the school that the day scholars were paying a paltry Sh3, 000 for lunch.
She however noted that not all students were able to pay the fee as some had balances and required well-wishers to bail them out so as to enable the school to provide the meals up to the end of the term.
Source: Kenya News Agency