Bomet Governor, Hon. Dr Joyce Laboso on November 16,2018 presented a Ksh 42 Million Cheque to beneficiaries of Bomet County bursary and mentorship programme drawn from all the 25 Wards in the County.
The programme aims at assisting bright needy students from Form 1-4. The beneficiaries were identified through a competitive evaluation criterion based on performance and neediness. This vetting process is done by the Ward appraisal committee and is approved by the county bursary committee before disbursement is made.
The fund is expected to enhance access to education, increase enrollment, transition rates in schools, improve education standards and literacy levels, access quality education and to meet tuition expenses for the beneficiaries of the bursary.
Ksh 18,549,981 has been disbursed in the first quarter of the 2018/19 Financial year out of which 460 students have benefited from full scholarship, 1,783 students from partial bursary scholarship and 1,507 students from Affirmative Action Bursary Fund.
The Education Department plans to increase the number of full scholarship beneficiaries to 611 students by January 2019. The department also plans to introduce Bursary programme for trainees in vocational training centres.
Currently there are 2,560 trainees in 30 VTCs in the County. A budget of Ksh 30 Million has been set aside to establish a revolving fund that will benefit college and university students.
In attendance were the Deputy Governor H.E Dr. Hillary Barchok, County Speaker Hon. Shadrack Rotich, Deputy Speaker Hon. Wesley Ruto (MCA Chepchabaas) Majority Leader Hon. Josphat Kirui (MCA Ndaraweta), Minority Leader Andrew Maritim (MCA Nyangores), all MCAs and County Executive Members (CECMs) and Chief Officers (COs).