We have noted concerns over delays in the disbursement of the KShs.135million County Bursary Fund for the financial year 2016/2017.
As a County Government, we wish to inform the public as follows;
- That in line with provisions of the Kisii County Bursary Fund Act, 2014, the County Government established a Bursary Fund to boost transition rates and promote retention in our school system.
- That since inception, a total of KShs.430million has been disbursed to over 41,000 beneficiaries in secondary and tertiary institutions.
- That by June last year, Ward Bursary Committees had vetted and identified 37,914 beneficiaries for the County Bursary Fund ready and in readiness for disbursement.
- That due to delays in the release of funds by the National Treasury, it was not possible to expedite this process at the time. By the end of the last financial year, Kisii County had not received its entitlement of about KShs.1.5billion including funds for the bursary allocation.
- That the further delays were occasioned by the need to revise the budget for the financial year 2017/2018 to include the aforementioned unspent balances.
- The revised budget was approved by the County Assembly mid last month and uploaded onto the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS).
- Currently, the Ward Bursary Committees are updating the lists of beneficiaries because some of them have completed schooling or transferred to other institutions.
- That disbursement of the bursary fund will be done within the month of March so there’s no need for alarm.
- That going forward, the County Government is reviewing its policy on bursary allocation in view of the recent changes in the education sector regarding free Day Secondary Education.
- Therefore, while we regret the delays in disbursement of this fund, we urge members of the public and residents of Kisii County not to politicize this matter as it is being addressed with urgency.