Governor Kachapin Launches Ksh. 600M Bursary Fund

H.E. Governor Simon Kachapin has today launched Ksh. 600 million at Chewoyet National School, set to benefit more than 44,000 students across the county.

Out of the 44,000 students, 37,000 are in high schools, more than 7,000 in colleges and more than 3,000 at the university level.

“We have moved with speed through the vetting process to ensure that we have disbursed the bursaries early on in this term,” noted the governor.

This year, the Ksh. 600 million bursary up from Ksh. 435 million in the last disbursement, is a significant increase and underscores the county’s commitment to transform the sector to ensure that West Pokot County is at par with many parts of the country.

Governor Kachapin further added that the county lagged behind for years, especially in matters education, and that more efforts needs to be done to rectify the situation, which has led to high illiteracy levels which currently stands at 67%, UNICEF (2012).

Subsequently, the governor urged school principals and all stakeholders to ensure prudent management of funds to support education needs and uplift the sector. He also urged principals to exercise patience with students in the event of delayed fee payment from parents.

The governor was flanked by Deputy Governor Robert Komolle.

Present were Speaker Hon. Fred Kaptui, County Assembly Majority and Minority leader’s Martin Komongiro and Peter Lokor respectively, County Commissioner Khalif Addullahi, representatives TSC, KESSHA among many other stakeholders.