Article 43 (1) (f) of the Constitution 2010 provides that every person has the right to education. County Governments have been funding students from informal settlements through bursaries issued through MCAs each year.
Kisumu County Bursary Unit has started the disbursement of Ksh. 205 Million in bursaries and scholarships as allocated in the Approved Budget Estimates 2020/2021. According to the Governor, Prof Anyang Nyong’o, the County “distributed the last tranche of Sh 44,276,774 out of Sh 205m bursary and scholarships to needy students in the 2020/2021 FY. A total of 28,237 needy students have benefited from the kitty this financial year.”
The allocation benefits secondary, university and driving school students across the county in scholarships and university fees. Earlier, the program had slowed down due to delays in remittance of money to counties from the national treasury attributed to Covid-19 pandemic.
It is anticipated that a majority of applicants who had been selected to join Form One have benefited from the funds with a focus on increasing the number of girls benefiting from the program. For secondary school students, the bursary targets bright, needy and vulnerable children with 350 marks and above.
applicants are taken through a selection process which involves the application of the potential beneficiaries at the Ward level and then the Ward Committee conducts vetting and identification of the applicants with each Ward getting a total allocation of not less than Kshs 4 million.
Kisumu County continues to digitalize all county programs and services and in this regard through the online bursary system to reduce the cost of applications. Applications for the 2021/2022 are ongoing.