The president has revealed that the government is doing everything possible to make sure primary and secondary school education is completely free in the next five years.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said this today at Nairobi’s Safaricom Stadium Kasarani, where 2,000 more beneficiaries of the Equity Wings to Fly programme were announced.
The Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly scholarship is a scheme that provides scholarships to more than bright students.
President Uhuru, encouraged the students to make maximum use of the comprehensive scholarships by the Equity Group and The MasterCard foundations.
In his words:
I urge all beneficiaries to make sure they get the best out of these scholarships. I encourage other organisations to come out and support our children.
Heading the launch of the second phase of the initiative, the president said he wishes the student will perform more than expected, to bring honour to themselves and everybody around them.
My wish is for them to do their best, which will be a credit to themselves, their parents and those who support them.
Equity Bank Group managing director and CEO James Mwangi has revealed the Group has given up two per cent of its entire revenue to the initiative that is now in its second phase.
He said this while reading the names of the beneficiaries.
He had earlier revealed the Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly scholarship is targeting 30,000 needy students in 10 years and obviously they are reaching and might surpass their target in no time.
Since the introduction and creation of the initiative in 2011 basically to assist bright, needy students, lots of students have benefited from its programme.
As a matter of fact, the programme has so far awarded number of scholarships that now amount to 10,377 in five years.
Beneficiaries receive tuition, fare, allowance for their upkeep, books, career guidance, uniforms, and mentoring for the four-year period of secondary education.
Mwangi asked the government to accelerate the mining of petroleum that will aid in making education free.
According to him:
Once we begin mining petroleum in Turkana we must make education free from the returns we get.