A total of 124,100 bright but needy students across the public schools of Nairobi City County will benefit from the Sh857million bursaries awarded by the county.
This includes Sh595 million which is for the eighty-five ward in the city and the Sh262 million under the county executive scholarship program.
Every ward has been awarded Sh7million which is a Sh1million increase from the previous Sh6 million.
During the launch of the bursary scheme, Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja said his administration has committed a total of Sh1.88billion that will enable needy students to attend their secondary education.
This includes Sh 1.02 billion which the county provided in 2023 to 107,907 students across the county.
Sakaja urged the learners to make use of the opportunity and create a future through education.
“This is an enormous investment that we are making in the students in Nairobi. We believe in our young people and just like any investment we expect to see results. We are going to have an accountability plan to ensure that learners perform well given the huge investment that we have made in them.” He said.
The amount is expected to benefit students who have been admitted to national, extra county and county boarding secondary schools across the county.
The governor called upon teachers and parents in Nairobi to work together towards identification and development of talents for the learners away from school work.
“We must fulfil the promise we made to Nairobi residents. The bursaries awarded here are a clear testament that many students from Nairobi can now make maximum use of their talents. We need to evaluate our children holistically and not from the metrics of scoring. Let us develop programs to identify and develop talents wherever it is.” He added.