The bursaries target over 500 beneficiaries across all the 20 Wards in the county, identified by Ward Development Committee in each of the respective electoral Wards.

Deputy Governor Wisely Rotich presided over the disbursement of cheques to representatives of secondary school principals drawn from schools in the county led by their chairperson Mrs. Rose Koech (Principal Sing'ore Girls' secondary).

Mrs Koech thanked the County Government for coming up with the scheme which according to her has seen several students continue with their studies without being sent home for fee.

“In the spirit of devolution, the funds will be distributed in Ward level where respective communities pick on students who qualify for the scheme,” said the Deputy Governor, “As a County government, we know that the only way that we can transform our county is by investing in education of our children and we shall continue scaling up the bursary allocation in the years to come.”

These funds will go to the beneficiaries in universities, tertiary institutions and secondary schools, said the deputy governor.

He however called on residents in the county to ensure that they diversified farming by avoiding over dependency of maize farming and instead venture into cash crop, with a view to boosting their income and improve their social- economic development.

He said most families had depended on maize crop to pay fees for their children which according to him, the dwindling prices of maize had seen most people rendered poor thus making them unable to pay fees for their children.

County Executive Committee member in charge of Education and technical training Edwin Kisang challenged youth in the county to utilise opportunities available in vocational training institutes in the region.

" The capacity of our vocational training institutes are not fully utilised. We have an enrolment of 1,547 out of a capacity of 3,000,"said Kisang.

He said with the availability of such bursary schemes in the County, parents should take advantage and enrol their children in vocational colleges within the county.