Top performers in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Education (KCSE) exams in Kakamega county have received scholarships from the county government.
Deputy governor Prof Philip Kutima flagged off 12 students —one from each sub-county—for studies in Kenya and China under the Kakamega County Scholarship Programme. The initiative started by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya when he was Butere constituency MP has been expanded to all 12 sub-counties.
It was created with an aim of supporting bright but needy students who perform well in KCSE to access quality education in renowned institutions in the country and worldwide.
After completion of their studies, the scholars, most of them whom are pursuing engineering and medicine courses, are expeected to offer their knowledge and service to the county for a certain period of time. Kutima congratulated the beneficiaries for clinching this year’s scholarship following a rigorous, selection process conducted by the Kakamega County Education Fund Committee.
He promised them employment in the county after successful completion of their studies and challenged them to work hard and be good ambassadors of Kenya.
The county Education, Science and Technology minister, Joseph Indire, called on the scholars to remain objective and remember that Kakamega residents have invested in them through education.
His sentiments were echoed by County Secretary Madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo, who called on the scholars to realise that they were joining the international community and much was expected of them. Several other education officers and sector stakeholders arttended the function.