Orphans and vulnerable children benefits from Presidential bursary
The National Government has disbursed over Sh. 91 million in fees bursaries to orphans and other vulnerable children in Kirinyaga County under the presidential bursary program.
County Children Services Coordinator (CCSC), Kamwira Ngeke said the money benefitted some 3678 needy students in the region.
Speaking to the media on Monday Ngeke said the county was in the process of scaling up the programme whereby an extra 412 needy children will be enlisted.
“Those who claim the government was not doing anything are either ignorant or they are not in the picture. This group of children, believe me, would have quit school a long time ago,” Ngeke said.
He said they were now verifying the recipients’ data to facilitate payment of the money to various schools.
Ngeke said the same orphans and vulnerable children were also benefitting from National Health Insurance subsidy program.
He said the programme which covers all the medical expenses for the benefiting children will now be rolled out to cover all the 3678 children under the presidential bursary program.
“Previously the program was piloted in Kerugoya and Kutus but now it has been opened to all eligible children,” Ngeke said.
He said the programme gives Sh. 15,000 and a maximum of Sh. 30,000 to students in day public secondary and boarding schools respectively.
“The beneficiaries are identified and selected through a structured community based selection process and students in private institutions are not covered by the program however needy they may be” he said
By Irungu Mwangi