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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 GOLF Kenya Railway’s Ngugi grabs two-shot lead after round two of the PGK Open at Muthaiga Club. P.69 SPORT INSIDE EDUCATION | Priority will be given to bright students Ministry to release Sh1bn bursary cash PREMIER LEAGUE CHELSEA HANDED REALITY CHECK Draw with West Brom underlines Mourinho’s underdog claims in title race. P.70 Money will be disbursed to needy students through the constituency fund committees BY MARYANNE GICOBI @MaryanneGicobi Mgicobi@ke.nationmedia.com T Download the NMG PLAY app on Google Play and scan this QR code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories. he government will release Sh1.1 billion for secondary school bursaries this month. The disbursement will be based on student enrolment per constituency and the poverty levels in each region, said Education ministry public communications official Kennedy Buhere. Mr Buhere said the money would be allocated to needy students through the constituency bursary fund committees. Priority will be given to bright students whose parents cannot raise school fees, he said. Mr Buhere said the min- istry was in the last stages of processing the disbursements. ‘‘ We are requesting that in future the government should disburse the funds during the holidays” KSSHA chairman John Awiti Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman John Awiti said the delay had disrupted admission of Form One students “Headteachers are find- ing it very difficult to admit the Form One students on promises which we do not know when they will be fulfilled,” He continued: “We are requesting that in future the government should disburse the funds during the holidays before the students report to school.” At the same time, Mr Awiti urged the government to ensure only needy students benefited from the bursary funds. “We have come to learn that in a good number of cases, you find parents who are capable of paying fees and officials in various organisations are beneficiaries.” Elimu Yetu national co- ordinator Janet Muthoni Ouko asked for a review the formula for disbursing the funds. “The system of bursary disbursement is not well targeted. The government targets a very large number of pupils with each getting a small amount which is not enough to cover the school fees,” Ms Ouko said. She called for a new policy in which a few beneficiaries are listed and assisted until they complete school. FRIENDS AGAIN |Kidero, Shebesh move on EVANS HABIL | NATION Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Women’s Representative Rachael Shebesh yesterday at City Hall during the opening of the County Assembly. Mr Kidero said his office will set up a team to assess plans of building in the city. Those found to have flouted construction rules will be brought down, he warned. The ceremony was attended by MCAs and Nairobi MPs.
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