The County Government of West-Pokot has dispatched Ksh. 200 million as bursary for secondary school students. This will benefit over 20,000 students drawn from the County.

The Governor, Prof. John Lonyangapuo said unlike in the past when money was given to students, this time it will be sent directly to schools. He further added that all students from the County will benefit from the bursary. Ortum high school, which has a population of 900 students from West-Pokot, received Ksh. 8 million, followed by Nasokol Girls that got Sh. 5 million.

“As a County, we have decided to give education the first priority. This year we have earmarked 200 million for the bursary and we hope to increase this figure to Ksh. 400 million in 2019,” said Prof. Lonyangapuo.

He said that the 200 million would cater for students in forms two, three and four. “We shall dispatch bursaries for form ones in May this year, at the beginning of second term,” he said.

He described education as the tool that will deliver the children of West-Pokot to Promised Land. He urged schools to reduce fees and asked parents to ensure every child goes to school. “We have remained behind as a county owing to lack of education. Let us invest heavily in education so that we end the problems that have bedecked us for ages, and move forward as a community,” he said.

Besides bursary, the County has also embarked on a major sensitization drive to educate the local residents on the importance of education. This will guard against child labour, dropping out of school and early marriages.

Major plans are also underway to establish Kapenguria University College by June this year. This institution will offer higher learning opportunities to the youth of West-Pokot.