County Government of West Pokot has released 100 million cheques that will benefit more than 7,500 students from across the county.
During the launch of the kitty held at The County Headquarters grounds, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo said that education is the one key tool that will propel the county to greater development heights.
He maintained that the most advanced countries in the world have prioritized education, and as such, his administration intends to ensure that the county realizes the best quality of education for every student.
“We have put all our efforts towards improving the education sector in our county. This bursary kitty is meant to ensure students stay at school and eventually improve our performance as a county,” said the county boss.
Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo however urged politicians to keep politics from matters of education. He said that politics will only affect the education sector negatively.
“We want to change the face of our county. It starts with us, the leaders. Let’s keep off politics when it comes to the education of our children.”
This comes a few months after the county awarded 220 million bursaries which saw thousands of students benefit.
The County Assembly represented by the speaker Catherine Mukenyang urged school principals to keep students at school, instead frequently sending them home, hence missing out on class and exams.
Speaker Mukenyang put emphasis on the need to ensure that no student is left out when it comes to accessing education.
Selemoi Ameja - Deputy Speaker, Baringo County applauded Prof Lonyangapuo’s administration, saying that it has made tremendous development strides, in comparison to other counties in the nation.
“You are doing a great service to the residents of this county Prof. Lonyangapuo. Other counties and especially ours should come here for benchmarking lessons.” Said Mr. Selemoi.
CECM Christine Apakoreng- Education and technical training pointed out that her department has the interest of every student from West Pokot County. She said that they will continue to support programs and initiatives aimed at promoting the quality of education in the county.
“We want to thank our governor for prioritizing education in our county. We shall continue working closely with him to achieve our goals. To our students, it is now your turn to work hard and give us the best performance.” She said.
Present were County Secretary Dr. Mike Parklea, CECMs Luka Chepelion, Augustine Monges, Ruth Kisabit, Emily Chepogisio, Joel Arumonyang, Francis Kitelauyan, Chief Officers, Chief of Staff Powon Kapello, school principals among other county officials and guests.