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City Hall increase bursary budget to Sh400 million

At least 76,500 bright and needy students in Nairobi are set to benefit from Nairobi County government ward bursaries.

City Hall has confirmed the initiative will cost Sh590,000, with an additional 17,000 students set to benefit.

About 60,000 students have been benefiting from the programme in previous years in an initiative that cost Sh300 million.

But in the financial year ending June 30, 2022 commencing on Thursday, the allocation was revised upwards to Sh382.5 million with the balance going to Governor’s scholarship programme.

This is after the budget for the Education, Youth Affairs, Sports, Culture, and Social Services department, received an additional allocation of Sh170 million for scholarships and other educational benefits for primary education.

Nairobi Finance and Economic Planning CEC Allan Igambi said the county executive has allocated Sh590 million for provision of bursaries for needy students.

Out of the allocation, Sh4.5 million will be allocated to every ward and the balance will be available to sponsor all continuing students under the Executive scholarship programme also known as the Governor’s scholarship programme.

This will enable every ward in the capital city to get an additional Sh1 million as ward bursary fund from the previous Sh3.5 million.

Subsequently, each ward will now be able to sponsor 200 more students to add to the 700 who have been receiving Sh5,000 from the fund.

“To support the national government effort to ensure 100 percent transition to secondary schools, the county government has been providing support to needy students through the provision of bursaries. We are keen on continuing with this endeavor and in this regard, I have allocated Sh590 million for provision of bursaries to needy students,” said Igambi.

City Hall operates two levels of bursaries including the ward bursary fund as well as the Executive or Governor’s bursary fund.