Candidates from financially unstable families in Bomet County have been urged to perform well in the ongoing national examination in order to benefit from educational scholarships offered by the County Government. While wishing well to class six candidates sitting for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment and the final group sitting for the defunct class eight Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in their examinations, Bomet Governor Prof. Hillary Barchok said 250 learners would be given full scholarships by the County Government of Bomet. Barchok said the 10 neediest students would be picked from each of the 25 wards in the county under full scholarship in secondary education. He said dismal performance due to inadequate school fees was no longer an excuse, saying there were other sponsorship programmes by the national government, corporate entities, non-profit organisations, and individuals. To benefit, the governor said the learners should demonstrate a high level of discipline by avoiding vices related to alcohol and drug abuse and early sexual relations, among others. He said the right to education was enshrined in the constitution and that the government was keen on the timely disbursement of funds for free primary and secondary education. He added that those who would not join secondary schools and universities were assured of free training in vocational training colleges, where, he said, they would also be given student loans. The governor further asked the candidates to shun any form of cheating in the examination, saying performance was not the only criterion for selection into the scholarship programme.
Source: Kenya News Agency