EDUCATION SUPPORT

130 bright, needy Embu learners get Elimu scholarships

The scholarships targeted children who attained 280 marks and above

In Summary

• Migua however said parents should develop a habit of saving money to avoid difficulties when enrolling children at various education levels.

• "From the 280 children only 260 went through our interviews and 130 were successful," she said..

Embu county commissioner Eddyson Nyale and Equity Bank officials flag off the Elimu scholarship programme at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday, May 17
Embu county commissioner Eddyson Nyale and Equity Bank officials flag off the Elimu scholarship programme at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday, May 17
Image: BENJAMIN NYAGAH

Some 130 children in Embu have received full secondary education scholarships from the Education ministry and Equity Bank.

The scholarships benefited children who attained 280 marks and above from public primary schools and less fortunate families.

Embu Equity Bank branch manager Teresia Migua said more than 280 children had applied for the scholarship. 

"From the 280 children only 260 went through our interviews and 130 were successful," she said.

Migua spoke during the commissioning ceremony at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday. 

Elimu scholarship is a partnership between the Ministry of Education and Equity bank.

This is its third edition since inauguration in 2020.

Embu Equity Bank branch manager Teresia Migua addresses journalists during the Elimu scholarship commissioning ceremony at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday May, 17.
Embu Equity Bank branch manager Teresia Migua addresses journalists during the Elimu scholarship commissioning ceremony at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday May, 17.
Image: BENJAMIN NYAGAH

Migua however said parents should develop a habit of saving money to avoid difficulties when enrolling children at various education levels.

She also said parents should seek information and identify opportunities that could benefit their children's education.

"I'd urge our parents to stop hiding their children due to lack of funds. They should seek information from government officials as well as private sectors and identify present scholarships and opportunities," Migua said.

Embu county commissioner Eddyson Nyale, who was the chief guest, said the government through local administration is committed to ensuring 100 per cent transition for pupils who sat the 2021 KCPE exam.

"Chiefs, assistant chiefs and other community policing bodies are enforcing the 100 per cent transition and I can attest everything is working well," he said.

Nyale said the government is preparing for more initiatives to ensure children benefit through education.

He consoled those who missed the opportunity saying soon they'll benefit from other government sponsorships.

Education stakeholders and beneficiaries pose for a photo during the Elimu Scholarship Commissioning Ceremony at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday May, 17.
100% TRANSITION: Education stakeholders and beneficiaries pose for a photo during the Elimu Scholarship Commissioning Ceremony at Embu Talent Academy on Tuesday May, 17.
Image: BENJAMIN NYAGAH

Parents whose children benefited expressed gratitude saying they faced hard times in financing their children's secondary education.

Alucia Wanja from Gatondo, Embu, said she had promised her son that she'd enroll him in the school he'll be chosen to attend.

However, after the examinations results were announced, she remained stranded since she could not afford the fees.

Her son, Francis Macharia, who scored 305 marks was invited to Nyangwa Boys Secondary.

"I am so happy. I don't know what to say. I give praise to God and appreciate the foundation," Wanja said.

She said parents should always encourage their children to do well and give them hope since they don't know what tomorrow might unveil.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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