As 2015 KCPE candidates await reporting to secondary schools, KCB Foundation has completed the first phase of recruitment of its scholarship beneficiaries with over 2000 students turning up for interviews at various stations across country.
The interviews were conducted today to recruit 240 beneficiaries who access the Kshs100 million worth scholarship. The beneficiaries include 40 positions which have been reserved for students living with various disabilities.
Speaking during the interviews, KCB Foundation Director Jane Mwangi said that the scholarships will provide financial relief to needy but bright students from financially constrained backgrounds.
“The demand is overwhelming, highlighting the need for education financing. The next phase of selection will involve visits to the applicants’ homes to ascertain their level of need,” said Ms. Mwangi.
In spite of the Ministry of Education’s efforts to regulate the school fees and make secondary education more affordable, research shows that a significant number of Kenyan households are still not able to afford the fees. The KCB scholarships will help cover the gap for these households by providing tuition fees, school uniforms, learning materials and mentorship activities for the four-year period.
To qualify for the scholarship, pupils should meet the cut-off mark set for each county, come from a needy background and have qualified for admission to either a public national or county secondary school.
Since inception in 2011, the Foundation’s scholarship programme has been supporting education of over 800 students in various secondary schools. The programme is in line with Kenya’s long term development plan to reduce illiteracy by increasing access to education, improving the transition rate from primary to secondary school and raising the quality and relevance of Kenya’s education.