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Kisauni students get Sh40 million windfall as 2017 aspirants focus on education

“Most of the time pupils were absent due to one reason or the other. But now there is hardly any reason for pupils to be out of schools. The bursaries have helped them secure the little needs that have been keeping them away,” said Selina Hawa, a teacher at a primary school in Kisauni.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 26 Oct 2016 12:38 EAT

Students in Kisauni constituency have received a Sh40 million bursary windfall as two political rivals emphasize the place of education in their campaigns. The incumbent Rashid Bedzimba and his main challenger Ali Mbogo are engaged in a fierce competition ahead of the 2017 elections and are pulling no punches to woo Kisauni voters.

Most Kisauni residents are poor and can barely afford to educate their children, therefore financial aid in education touches their hearts. Coupled with that, education standards in Kisauni have been low for decades. The constituency boasts only one tertiary institution: the Mwajuma City Polytechnic recently established by the county government. It has 188 primary and 33 secondary schools.

It was the entrance of Mr Mbogo in the race that shifted the incumbent's focus towards education. As Mr Mbogo was contributing to the education projects, under the motto 'Elimu Kwanza', the incumbent had to follow suit or lose, so he increased efforts to build more classrooms and schools in the constituency, issuing cheques for bursaries and development.

Since then, the two have issued bursaries to primary, secondary and tertiary level students, while students in the constituency have received education materials like exercise books, geometrical sets, clip boards, and shoes, among other materials.

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