Kakamega Increases ECDE Centres, Sets Sh20 Million For Vulnerable & Bright Students
Kakamega County has launched a fund to assist disadvantaged and gifted students from the county in pursuing various courses and training.
According to Dr George Akolo Lutomia, County Executive Member in charge of Education, Science, and Technology, the County has allocated Sh20 million to help children from poor backgrounds attend university.
According to him, an additional Sh25 million scholarship grant has been established for individuals who qualify for university entrance and get an average grade of A or A-(minus) on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
During a meeting for education stakeholders held at Bishop Sulumeti Girls School in Kakamega town, Dr. Lutomia stated that Sh8 million is spent annually to help individuals enrolling in medical courses at various institutions across the county.
“We are collaborating with the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) to ensure that no student benefits from both schemes at the same time,” he added.
He stated that individuals enrolling in Polytechnics and Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET) receive a Sh15,000 annual stipend.
Even though the county has 67 polytechnics and TVET institutes, Dr. Lutomia expressed worry that enrollment has remained low, with roughly 10,000 applicants requesting admission.
“I wish to make a call to students and parents to take this available opportunity and enlist in any course of their choice, since tuition fee is paid for by both county and national governments,” he added.
According to him, the county has established 313 new Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) facilities, increasing enrolment from 30,000 to 127,750.
“Recruitment of ECDE instructors on permanent and pensionable terms has also improved teacher morale,” he continued.
“Recruitment of ECDE teachers on permanent and pensionable terms has also boosted morale of the teachers,” he added.
“Each of the 60 wards has been allocated Sh20 million for the same,” he added.
Tata Chemicals Issues varsity scholarships to Students
The Tata Chemicals Magadi Company has awarded Sh3.5 million in scholarships to 18 college students.
Students from the Maasai community in Kajiado will be able to study various degrees in the arts and sciences at several universities, thanks to the awards.
Since its beginning in 1984, the scholarship program has provided more than 300 students with access to a great education.
Subodh Srivastav, chief executive officer of the company, stated that the recipients are picked from the Magadi ward and the greater Kajiado region through a competitive and fair selection process that incorporates both management and community leaders.
“The positive impact of the company’s work in driving the community development agenda is embedded in the strong ties it has built with the community, and its partnerships with like-minded organisations and government institutions,” Srivastav said.
According to him, the agreements have resulted in mutually beneficial connections between the enterprise and the community, which has witnessed an ongoing improvement in the quality of life.
Srivastav stated that the company believes in bettering the lives of community members, stating that education is the most effective means of altering the lives of the Maa Community.
Stephen Moiko, the head of Tata Chemicals Magadi’s education committee and a former recipient of the program, presided over the ceremony at which bursaries were awarded.
Moiko stated that more than 300 pupils had benefited thus far from the program for which the corporation has spent Sh100 million.
He stated that the corporation had devoted money to education because they feel that converting young men and women into influential leaders will alter the country’s future.
The chairman urged the youth to utilize their time effectively to acquire more relevant skills and prepare for life success.
Srivastav, the company’s managing director, congratulated the recipients and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity to learn and enhance the lives of those in their community.
He pushed the kids to develop and adhere to strong principles for success, such as being courageous, inventive, and enterprising to improve the living conditions of the community and country.
According to the chief executive officer, these reviews are influenced by the rising number of community college students enrolling in universities and the rising expense of higher education in the country.