By The Coast Newspaper Team
A total of 381 pupils who sat the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education have benefitted from the Elimu Scholarship Program in Mombasa County.
The Elimu Scholarship Program is a Kenyan government run education scholarship funded by the World Bank through the Ministry of Education and Equity Bank.
The program accommodates all bright and needy pupils who scored over 280 marks in the 2019 KCPE.
Addressing parents and beneficiaries of the program in Mombasa on Sunday, Equity Bank chief executive officer Dr. James Mwangi called on the beneficiaries to remain determined and focused in their studies.
The CEO says the opportunity is a privilege taking into consideration the massive number of applicants.
Mwangi said “We are proud of you. I want to tell you that this is an opportunity for you to prove your ability. Believe in yourself”
The banker further urged parents to invest in education of their children.
“We all know that there exists a gap in the education sector that as parents we need to address. This is a national problem”
Meanwhile Jomvu Member of Parliament Badi Twalib called on the Ministry of Education to invest in infrastructural facilities in schools within the constituency.
He noted that it is through the move that the government will be able to achieve the 100 per cent transition in schools.
“I urge you beneficiaries to work hard. As a leader I want to assure you that through the NGCDF I will assist you in scaling up your education”
On the other hand, Nyali constituency lawmaker Mohammed Ali called on the parents to the track the performance record of their children.
Wanafunzi fanyeni bidii ili muweze kuondoa akili ndogo mitaani, Pupils work hard so that you can do away with the small brains in our streets” the law maker noted.
The legislator asked Equity Bank to extend its sponsorship program to private schools in Nyali Sub County.
Kisauni legislator Ali Mbogo called on the beneficiaries to focus on education saying it is the only way to curb the challenge of juvenile gangs in Mombasa County.
According to him, the program gives the beneficiaries an opportunity to exploit their potential.
“Out of the 381 beneficiaries in this program 119 are from Kisauni Sub County. We want to replace the Wakali Kwanza narrative with Elimu Kwanza initiative” Mbogo said.
Over 1200 pupils applied for the scholarship program in Mombasa County