Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has announced that 14,426 students out of 93,000 applicants have successfully secured spots in the coveted government’s Elimu Scholarship program.
During the launch of the 2024 Elimu Scholarship program on Friday, January 19, Machogu highlighted that the program, which has previously supported 37,574 students, has now reached a total of 52,000 learners.
“The Elimu Scholarship Program has supported about 37,574 learners from poor households across the country to transition from primary to secondary education. The additional 14,426 for this year means that the government will give hope to 52,000 learners. This initiative greatly supports the government’s 100% transition program.”Machogu stated.
The Cabinet Secretary also announced additional opportunities for well performing students, specifying that all 2023 students who scored an A or A- qualify for the Equity Leadership Program, where they will receive a monthly stipend of Ksh40,000.
“All the 2023 candidates who benefitted from the Elimu Scholarship Program and scored an A or an A (-) will automatically qualify to join the Equity Leadership Program” he stated.
Speaking at the luncheon, Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang expressed confidence in the selection process, affirming that the chosen beneficiaries were truly deserving.
The Elimu Scholarship program is a collaborative effort between the government and the Global Partnership for Education under the Kenya Primary Education Equity in Learning (KPEEL) project.
The initiative aims to address educational disparities, particularly for learners from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.