9000 learners from all over the country have been selected to benefit from Elimu Scholarship program, a scholarship programme that is part of the Kenya Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project being implemented by the Ministry of Education to boost retention in upper primary school and transition to secondary school of poor and vulnerable students.
The programme targets learners from poor and vulnerable background who scored over 280 marks in their KCSE exams.The programme targeted learners from poor and vulnerable backgrounds drawn from 110 sub-counties and 15 urban centres that have informal settlements in Kenya. A total of 54,000 applications were received in the scholarship programme, this sees 45,000 learners missing out on the scholarship.
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. George Magoha is expected to unveil the beneficiaries on Thursday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. The beneficiaries are expected to enjoy, full tuition scholarship, uniform fees, learning material costs, personal effects costs, Sh500 pocket money per term and transport to be catered for by the government.
Candidates with special needs and disabilities (physical, hearing and visual impairments, albinism, autism, learning disabilities and others) were also considered, candidates whose parents/guardians are living with disabilities that have compromised their ability to meet their children’s financial obligations were also contemplated for the scholarship.