By Josiah Odanga

Hope is rife in Kabondo Kasipul constituency after the area Member of Parliament committed to sponsoring bright students throughout their high school education.

In an initiative dubbed Kabondo Kasipul Stars, Hon Eve Obara,through the NG-CDF, will be sponsoring 24 students who scored 350 marks and above in KCPE.

Sitting in Kadongo, the Bursary Committee vetted 64 applicantson Monday, to obtain beneficiaries for the 2019 cohort.

According to the Bursary Committee Chairperson William Kapere, the application process has been fair, “ensuring regional balance across all the 11 locations of the constituency.” Local chiefs help with sieving, ensuring only the neediest get to the table. Emphasis is also put on whether an applicant is orphaned or not.

“The scholarship only caters for tuition fees, no matter which school a student obtains a calling-letter from. Parents are supposed to take care of the other items in the fee structure,” said the Fund Chairman Kennedy Chacha.

This will be the second cohort since the MP assumed office.The first cohort was composed of 24 students, now proceeding to Form 2.

Members of the NG-CDF Bursary committee vetting the 64 prospective beneficiaries on Monday at the Constituency office : Photo: Josiah Odanga

Ksh1, 082,086 went towards the fees of the first cohort in the 2017/2018 Financial Year.

In a compilation availed to this reporter, the first cohort posted good grades ranging from A plain to C plus. The worst grade was a lonely D+ from Maranda High; though it was clarified the student had missed several exams due to “a hisbroken limb case.”

Some of the 2018 Stars include Mwagi Richard who joined Maranda, Cynthia Anyango – Kereri Girls, Phelix Okelo – Kakamega, Fidel Koyoo – Maseno and Jesca Aluoch – Asumbi Girls.

Obara is also in the process of constructing four model schools in the constituency. The schools are being constructed and/or refurbished to “a modern day structure,” at least according to the legislator. The four schools include Osuri Primary in Kabondo West Ward, Othoro Primary in Kabondo East, Nyawango Primary in Kakello/Kokwanyo Ward, and Apondo Primary in Kojwach Ward.

Speaking during site inspection at Apondo Primary School, Obara said: “Apondo, for example, has not been performing well in the past years. We chose Apondo not just to improve the physical infrastructure but also to nurture brains inside them.” The best pupil of Apondo in the 2018 KCPE exam scored 270 marks.

Enock Ogutu, formerly a contender in the race for the constituency seat, hailed Obara for “choosing to work for the electorates of Kabondo Kasipul” adding that “the Stars are the torchbearers for tomorrow.”

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