Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has disbursed Ksh 3,081,000 to assist a section of the County’s needy students.
Ksh 1,615,000 will be disbursed to secondary school students, Ksh 990,500 to university students and Ksh 475,500 to students in tertiary institutions.
While issuing the bursary cheques to selected students among the beneficiaries, the Governor said that funds will benefit 179 secondary school students, 50 university students and 22 college students.
Beneficiaries in secondary schools received between Ksh 5,000 and Ksh 10,000, while university and college students got between Ksh 15,000 and Ksh 30,000 depending on their needs.
Waiguru said the bursary fund will enable students from poor backgrounds access quality education and ensure they remain in School.
She noted that the disbursement was in addition to the Ksh 110 million bursary given to about 40,000 students earlier in the year.
“My government remains committed to supporting the education of our children, the improvement of academic performance in our County and ultimately, the lives of our youth,” She said.
The Governor also appealed to all County residents to strictly adhere to the laid down COVID-19 prevention measures, such as wearing masks, washing hands regularly, and observing physical distance.
She noted that the County has registered a total of 530 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, with 460 patients recovering fully from the virus.
Currently, 4 patients are undergoing treatment in isolation centers while another 27 are recovering under the home based care. The County has lost 9 people to the disease, two of them dying during the current 3rd wave.
The Governor noted that the County had on Wednesday received an additional 6,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine after receiving 5,000 doses initially.
About 4,500 people among them health care workers, police officers, teachers and people aged 58 years and above have already received the vaccine.
The Governor urged the elderly as well as people with underlying conditions to visit the nearest designated vaccination center for the jab.