Society / Education
Friday, 06 Jan 2017 21:14 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Equity Bank has awarded 13 students from Matungulu and Kangundo the 'Wings to Fly' scholarship programme. Out of the many candidates who qualified and applied for the programme, six girls and seven boys were selected by the committee, and they were flagged off in a colourful ceremony by Matungulu MP Stephen Mule and his Kangundo counterpart Katatha Maweu.
The ceremony, which was held at Tala AIC Church, was attended by numerous heads of beneficiary schools, teachers as well as parents. Speaking during the meeting, Equity Bank's Tala Branch manager Ms Helen Muthoki said it was encouraging to see the students who had been beneficiaries during this year's KCSE show outstanding performance where 23 out of 24 students had attained the minimum criteria with a 97 percent transition to university. "Equity believes in young people and that's why we invest in their lives for a better tomorrow," Ms Muthoki said.
She encouraged the new scholars to take up responsibility that lies ahead of them and asked them to embrace new ideals that inspire positive personal growth and development to overcome the challenges they may face in their new environment. "At Equity, our commitment is to continue channelling the social economic prosperity of the people of Africa by partnering with local communities in pursuit of making the dreams of our young people alive," she said.
The best girl from Matungulu Consituency, Bahati Mutunga formerly of Ituusya Primary School, scored 407 marks. She expressed her appreciation to the Bank for the scholarship and promised to work hard on her dream of becoming a lawyer. The best boy David Nzau of Matheini Primary School had scored 407 marks and was confident that his dream of being an aeronautical engineer would come true. The thirteen students are set to attend a national commissioning ceremony at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Mule urged those parents with students who had performed well but were not lucky with Equity to visit the CDF offices in Tala to get bursaries. His Kangundo counterpart echoed these words as he also assured parents that CDF kitty would cater for the education of the needy students in both constituencies.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.