Bursaries for Primary and Junior  Secondary Schools

Bursaries for Primary and Junior Secondary school

Bursaries for Primary and Junior Secondary Schools

If Parliament approves a motion sponsored by Gatanga MP Edward Muriu of the  United Democratic Alliance (UDA), parents of students in elementary and junior  secondary schools would be able to apply for bursaries under the National  Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF). The Gatanga MP voiced worry in his motion that primary school kids and the  recently established junior secondary school pupils had not benefited from the  fund, which had instead mainly been helping secondary and tertiary school students.

According to the motion from the ruling party, Article 53 (1) (b) of the constitution, which guarantees every child the right to a quality education, is violated by not providing bursaries to the two classes of Kenyan students.The government’s capitation per pupil is insufficient to cover the mandatory materials required for the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), which has an impact on students whose parents are unable to pay the costs. The legislator challenged the claim that primary and junior secondary education is free.

According to the motion, Parliament intends to decide that additional funding for the education bursary program should be approved by every NG-CDF Board in every constituency in order to assist the teaching and learning activities connected to the CBC and school meals programs.”Among the members of Parliament, it has become abundantly evident that education is an equalizer. Wakili debated this on the House floor, saying “It is the equalizer between the children of the poor and the children of the rich.”

Giving scholarships to institutes of basic education, he continued, will guarantee that every child gets the quality education they are entitled to, which will open up chances for them in the future. Additionally, Wakili is urging Parliament to increase the capitation per primary school student from the present Ksh1,420 year to at least Ksh7,760, which is the minimum ideal allocation.The resolution states, “Education bursary schemes be expanded to support students in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools to meet the requirements of Competency-Based Curriculum.” Due to UDA’s overwhelming majority in Parliament, it is unlikely that the idea will meet with any opposition.

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