Candidates who scored 400 marks and above in this year’s final examinations will now join national schools without any fear of school fees after Matunngu MP Juatus Murunga issued out over 30 scholarships to the needy students.
This was confirmed during a ceremony held at the Matungu CDF Grounds in Matungu Sub-County.
The bright children, all from Matungu Constituency in Kakamega County in Western Kenya will now enjoy free learning at their respective invited national schools as Murunga affirmed his commitment to uplift the standards of education in Matungu Constituency.
Sixteen candidates in Matungu constituency scored above 400 marks with the highest sorcerer being Areki Bistiria Ogola from Namamali Muslim Primary with 421 marks out of 500 but the list was extended to 18 with two more candidates being total orphans even though their score was less than 400 marks.
However, Murunga also widened his scholarship programme to benefit fourteen more students who are residents of Matungu Constituency but sat for their KCPE at schools that are outside Matungu Sub-County. Out of the 14, the highest scorer was Okhanga Shakir from St Peters Mumias who got 427 marks out of 500.
“It would be unfair to only benefit children who sat for KCSE within Matungu KCPE and lock out our own children who sat for their exams at schools that are outside our constituency.” Said Mr Murunga.
That total number of Murunga Scholarship beneficiaries now rises to 53 (32 this year and 21 from last year’s sponsorship).
Mr Murunga expressed his pride in the bright children and challenged them to work harder in their studies to avoid wasting the scholarships that could have otherwise been given to other needy students.
“As you benefit from these scholarships, don’t waste these opportunities. There are thousands of other needy children who wish to get such opportunities.”
Mr Murunga also promised to assist students who dropped out of college due to lack of college fee to realize their dreams.
“I’m also requesting you to forward me the names of students who dropped out of colleges due to financial challenges so that we can help them complete their courses.”
Mr Murunga was accompanied by his wife Mrs Christabel Murunga and the Matungu Sub-County Deputy Director of Education – Madam Oburu.