Equity Bank, Kerugoya branch Manager Simon Kanyingi briefing the media about the Elimu Scholarship Program after 24 beneficiaries of the program were flagged off by the Kirinyaga Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege this morning outside the bank's Kerugoya branch
The government has directed Chiefs and their Assistants to mop out from their midst all children who are yet to report to school as Form Ones in Kirinyaga County.
Throigh the area Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege the administrators were told to ensure no child who was due to join Form One class this year remained behind.
Kirinyaga County Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege flagging off the 24 Elimu Scholarship Program this morning outside the Kerugoya town Equity bank branch office.
Ndege said although transition rate to Form One in the area stood at 95 per cent , there was need to ensure any child was not left at home .
He was speaking outside the Equity Bank, Kerugoya branch this morning after flagging off some 24 students who have joined Form One in various schools but from poor backgrounds .
At the same time Ndege has declared the county a drug free area and warned those who thrive on this illegal trade of dire consequences if caught.
He asked parents , teachers and members of the public to be extra vigilant and blow the whistle should they notice any quire characteristics of their children who might fall victims of drug and substance abuse .
“Although I can attest that drug and substance abuse incidents are at zero at the moment in this area , no effort should be spared in the fight against this social vice ,”Ndege said.
Through the Bank’s Elimu Scholarship Program, the beneficiaries will have their fees at the rate of Sh 54,000 per child .
According to the Bank’s branch Manager Simon Kanyingi the program will also adequately cater for the beneficiaries basic needs in their four year course .
“Under the program the children will have their transport to and fro their respective schools catered for , as well as their basic requirements in the course of their four year study period ,”he said.
The official said under this program 27,004 students had benefited so far while he added that 3000 students who did not make it to the University had transited to various TIVET institutions .