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County allocates Sh. 30m as bursary to vocational training students

County allocates Sh. 30m as bursary to vocational training students


Tuesday, 30 April 2024,

KNA by Kiptanui Cherono

The county government of Uasin Gishu has allocated Sh. 30 million as bursaries to support students from needy families who will join vocational training centres, VTC’s in the county.

Each of the 30 wards in the county will be allocated Sh. 1 million to sponsor students to study technical skills in the 13 county-run VTC’s and centres of excellence across the six Sub-Counties according to the Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii.

Speaking in Kuinet/Kapsuswo, Kiplombe, and Huruma Wards in Soy and Turbo Sub-Counties during the ongoing disbursement of bursaries at the Ward level, Governor Bii said inadequate school fees would no longer be an excuse for a lack of training on skills and the exploitation of talents for those seeking to train in VTC’s which would lead to self-employment in the future.

Governor Bii said his administration was keen on ensuring that it channeled resources into supporting the vocational training centres as this was one of the best strategies for empowering the youth towards self-employment considering the current unemployment challenge.

“Technical and Vocational Education and Training,( TVET) is one of the most successful programs that impact the youth by providing solutions to problems through innovation. The youth should therefore embrace TVETS as a key to achieving economic development in the future,” noted Dr. Bii.

On his part, County Executive Committee Member for Education, Mr Anthony Sitienei said: “Let parents enroll their children to learn important skills and take advantage of the available bursaries so we can grow our county.”

He advised parents to prioritize their children’s education, terming it the best investment that a parent can accord their child in the modern world.

In Kuinet/Kapsuswo Ward, 633 students benefited from Sh. 5 million bursary while Sh. 5 million will benefit 829 needy learners in Kiplombe Ward. Huruma Ward was allocated Sh. 5 million which will benefit 914 students.

This financial year the county will disburse a total of Sh165 million as bursaries to more than 23,000 needy students from across the county, an increase of Sh. 46 million compared to the last financial year.

The number of beneficiaries has also increased by 5,259 students to 23,330.

This marks the highest amount of bursary disbursement since the advent of devolution.

Courtesy; KNA

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