Wangamati pleads with Finance ministry to issue bursary cheques

The Bungoma governor, Wycliffe Wangamati has asked the County treasury and Ministry of Education to write cheques to all beneficiaries of bursary fund and ensure they reached schools by next week on Monday.

Addressing Principals and heads of schools on Wednesday, Wangamati said the directive stems from the fact that funds’ disbursement through IFMIS was painfully slow.

By end of next week, amounts due to respective students in your care will be in your school accounts. You should ensure that the disbursements are in respect to actual students in your schools, he said.

Wangamati said he had secured a Sh.76 million grant from the national government to go towards Vocational Training Centres.

This grant is besides Sh.120 million or 30% of the Sh.400 million bursary fund. My government has a special focus on technical skills, said Wangamati.

He committed to invest more in education in the coming years, citing that the County government had allocated Sh.400 million to bursaries up from Sh.180 million.

Wangamati further promised to allocate Sh.500 million and mobilise another Sh.300 million from fundraising to the bursary kitty in the 2018-2019 financial year.

According to the governor, a total of 717 needy students in national and extra County schools have so far been given full scholarships, including shopping and transport to school.

Wangamati also pledged to fund the creation of extra streams at both Lugulu Girls and Friends School Kamusinga which are national schools with the passing of supplementary budget by the County Assembly so that the schools could accommodate more qualified students from Bungoma County.

The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) County Chairperson, Edward Bikala singled out Wangamati’s bursary fund initiative for praise as the best strategy to improve livelihoods and impact humanity.

Source: Kenya News Agency