By Agnes Orang’o

33 needy students from Kangundo and Matungulu Sub-counties who sat their 2021 KCPE exams can now heave a sigh of relief after bagging a sponsorship from Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly.

The 18 girls and 15 boys were preferred from a list of 172 students who had applied for the scholarship.

John Kanai, Equity Manager in Tala branch, told the press that the selection committee had to go through hundreds of applications and it was not easy to settle on the 33.

Speaking at Kangundo town after commissioning the scholarships, he called upon well-wishers to come out and sponsor needy children who were left out and have not received any help to join secondary schools.

“There are those who are very needy, we found many of them and we could not pick all of them as the number was overwhelming,” said the manager.

The manager called upon parents whose children were not picked not to give up as help may be on the way.

“Parents please do not lose hope we are looking for other various programs. We have talked to CDF both in Kangundo and Matungulu constituencies and if a chance comes up, you will be helped so that boys and girls who were left out can benefit,” he added.

Sharon Muema, a beneficiary of the programme scored 412 girls and will join St. Theresa Girls in Makueni County.

“My dream of becoming a pilot is on course because of this scholarship. My prayer is that if all goes well, I can be able to come back and give back to the community,” she said.

“I was worried about how I will continue with my studies after scoring 351 marks in KCPE but now I can relax and focus on working hard. I promise my sponsors and parents that I will do my best and make them proud,” said another beneficiary, Charles Mutuku from Kavilinguni Primary School.

Susan Nyamosi Kangundo, Assistant County Commissioner, urged parents to ensure their children who sat the exams to continue with learning. This is in a bid to attain a hundred percent transition program.

“The government is very serious with this program. There should be no student at home while the others are in school. The ministry of education was very clear that principals should not turn back students without school fees,” she said.

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