The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched a nationwide selection process to grant Elimu scholarship to 9,000 financially disadvantaged students.
The Elimu Scholarship program is a collaborative effort between the government and the Global Partnership for Education, operating under the Kenya Primary Education Equity in Learning (KPEEL) project.
The project which was launched in 2019 aims to benefit students from all 47 counties, including those residing in marginalized urban areas.
The Elimu Scholarship considers applicants from economically challenged backgrounds who have scored 280 marks and above in the KCPE exams.
As this year marks the final cohort of candidates taking the KCPE examination, the fate of the project supporting students through secondary education remains uncertain.
Speaking during interviews for shortlisted candidates held at the Mavoko Subcounty Headquarters in Machakos County, Elijah Mungai, the Project Coordination and Delivery Director, stressed the program’s commitment to assisting bright, needy, and vulnerable learners.
Mungai emphasized the scholarship’s goal of ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity for education, highlighting the initiative’s intent to enable deserving students to pursue further education.
He reassured that the selection process would be thorough, involving community leaders and local administrators in identifying deserving candidates.
The Elimu program stands as a cornerstone in the government’s efforts to bridge educational disparities among various socio-economic groups.
In its five-year existence, the program has granted scholarships to over 55,000 students, significantly boosting secondary school transition and completion rates among children from impoverished families.