Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has assured students joining form one in National schools, Universities and technical colleges of full scholarship as the County Scholarship fund kitty exempts driving courses beginning 2018.
Kingi said there is a growing demand for scholarship in the county and sponsoring driving courses, has not brought any impact in the past five years of devolution.
He said the county has sponsored a big number of people in driving schools but the licenses have brought no impact to them and the county’s economy, as many of them are still jobless.
Addressing the media on Monday as he reacted on the poor performances of the County in the past KCSE and KCPE exams, Kingi said he was devastated by the low performances and vowed to offer full support of the education department.
“I am very much shocked by the poor performances in the two national exams,” Kingi said.
“This performance cannot at all put a smile On our faces and as we know Kilifi is one of the counties with many challenges but we will not hold back, we will make sure we support our children to make it in their lives through education,” he added.
“As a result, in 2018 we will exempt all sponsorships of driving courses and focus our attention on tertiary education,” he added.
Kilifi county government has been putting aside Kshs. 350 million every financial year to cater for scholarships of high performing students in Secondary schools, poor students in technical colleges and Universities.
However, the perfomance has not been pleasing almost every year despite the efforts made by the county, the reason why is yet to be established.
This year’s KCSE exams performances were really not impressive, as a few students made it to the University and the highest performer from the schools within the County got a B+.