150 Students granted full scholarship in Kilifi South

Kilifi South Member of Parliament Ken Chonga congratulates a student during an award of Scholarship ceremony in Silala, Chonyi Kilifi County on Wednesday. A total of 150 students were sponsored fully PHOTO DAVID NGUMBAO

Kilifi,KENYA:One hundred and fifty students joining national secondary schools from Kilifi South Constituency have received full four years scholarships.

The initiative is funded by Constituency development fund (CDF).

Speaking during an award ceremony of the scholarship in Silala, Chonyi on Wednesday Kilifi south Member of Parliament Ken Chonga said the initiative is aimed at ensuring no needy student fails to join high school because of school fees saying the scholarship would not only benefit the national secondary schools joiners but also those needy students who did not make it to the national schools.

“We are here today to celebrate the efforts of our students who managed to do well and join the national Secondary schools in Kenya,” Chonga said.

“But the most important thing that has brought has here is to recognize and award them a full four years scholarship for their education. We want to ensure quality education in this area . Our own children cannot stay at home because of poverty and lack of school fees,” he added.

He said he will also join hands with the five Members of County Assembly in his constituency who will all together contribute to the initiative Kshs. 10 million to fund the students.

“We are working together with the MCA’s in this constituency which has not been the case in the past years to ensure our students achieve their goals,” the Mp said.

“The five MCAs from this constituency will fund the students with Kshs. 10 million and I will fund them with Kshs. 5 million from the CDF kitty in order to take Kilifi South to the next level of education,” he said.

The students thanked the legislature promising to be industrious in their studies to achieve their goals.

Right Kalugho and Priscar Karisa who are some beneficiaries of the scholarship are set to join Maseno School and St Johns high school in Kilifi county .

None of the students in Kilifi South managed to attain 400 marks as the highest performing student had 392 marks.

This comes just a few days after Centum foundation fully sponsored fifty students who attained  350 marks and above.

In the past ,Kilifi county has been ranked as one of the counties with the highest levels of illiteracy in Kenya which has prompted the county government initiate projects in a bid to bolster learning systems in the county