At least 40 bright but needy students from Ndhiwa constituency can afford to smile after they benefited from disbursement of Sh2 million in bursaries.
The learners received the funds courtesy of the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF).
Through a programme christened Ndhiwa Scholars, which aims at boosting education of students hailing from poor and vulnerable families, each of the students received a Sh50,000 cheque to support their education.
Speaking when he disbursed the cheques at the CDF offices, area MP Agostino Neto said the programme was initiated to support bright students whose families face financial challenges. He said the financial challenges the students face in the end affect their academic performance.
“The statistics we have indicate that most bright students in Ndhiwa who receive admission letters from national schools don’t report to such schools because they are poor.
They end up getting admitted in village schools which charge lower fees and this affects them negatively,” said Neto. The MP said most village schools do not have adequate learning materials.
“I am happy the programme will raise the standards of education in the constituency by enabling the students to get admissions in universities,” he added.
Area Director of Education Maurice Jayoro called for continuous partnership among education stakeholders in improving performance.
“Through working together, our schools will continue to post good results in national examinations,” he said. Jayoro noted that Ndhiwa had improved academically and was ranked position three among eight constituencies in Homa Bay County.