• Gichimu's proposal says all needy children seeking bursary should apply through their respective schools.
• Then their names should be presented to the national government, which will allocate each child an equal amount.
A Kirinyaga MP has said he will table a bill in Parliament seeking to amend the formula for the distribution of bursaries under the NG-CDF.
Gichugu MP Gichimu Githinji said the proposal will help resolve inequality in the distribution of bursaries across the country.
He said all children from needy backgrounds who rely on the NG-CDF bursary should be granted equal amounts irrespective of their region and population.
Gichimu said on Wednesday this is in line with the constitutional provision that protects the interests of all children, therefore guaranteeing them equal rights and privileges.
He said the imbalance in the distribution of resources has seen many needy children from populous regions not benefitting from the fund compared to their counterparts from other regions who get full scholarships under NG-CDF.
Gichimu's proposal says all needy children seeking bursary should apply through their respective schools and their names should be presented to the national government which will allocate each child an equal amount.
The money, he said, will later be dispatched in the form of cheques to various NGCDF offices for easy distribution to the beneficiaries.
Gichimu said the Ministry of Education should release statistics and information confirming the existence of the applicants.
"Education is the greatest equaliser and so should the funds to cater to their education. It is unjust that some students are deprived of education over lack of sufficient fees while others carry on with their education as they have fully been sponsored with the government's fund," he said.
"What I'm proposing is equal distribution of bursaries across the board because the law equally advocates equal treatment of children."
Gichimu said the NG-CDF fund has aided social-economic transformation in many parts of the country.
"We don't want a scenario where this fund will be declared unconstitutional because it has uplifted the lives of many Kenyans. I believe it's high time we enact the kitty as part of the NG-CDF programme due to its positive impact on society."
The second-term MP spoke in Kianyaga town during the distribution of bursary cheques worth Sh42.4 million to 15,000 students.
The beneficiaries included secondary schools, middle-level colleges and university students.
Gichimu urged school heads to give parents enough time to look for funds to pay the full school fees owing to the current challenging economic times.
Parents, led by Muriuki Njoroge, thanked Gichimu for awarding bursary to a large number of students.
They lauded the MP for drafting proposals to ensure equal distribution of bursaries across the country.