Kitui county government will use Sh180 million to provide bursaries for bright children from needy families who risk missing places in national secondary schools.
Governor Charity Ngilu said no bright student who sits Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in the county will miss secondary education as her administration had come up various measures to cushion students from poor families.
She was speaking at Kitui Farmers Training Centre where she distributed bursary cheques to 36 needy pupils from the county who sat KCPE examination last year.
Of the beneficiaries, 24 have been selected to join national schools while the rest have been admitted to other schools.
Ngilu said her government will also reach out to financial institutions to give deserving students both partial and full bursaries.
She thanked the Cooperative for awarding full bursaries to six top students from the county and urged other organisations to follow suit.
A total of 1,806 applicants have applied for county government bursaries with 1,478 of those being secondary school students while 328 are in institutions of higher learning.
She assured parents from outside the county that their children will be given equal treatment saying as a national figure, she looks beyond the county.