The inauguration of the Busia County Education Support Scheme Board (CESSB) by Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Friday has given rise to the release of Education bursary funds which had proved a bottleneck by the Controller of Budgets (CoB).
Only the first batch of the disbursement took place in 2016 when the process was halted by the CoB citing disparities in the process including the Act, regulations and the board’s formation.
The inaugural board includes Julius Ekwenye from Teso North, Rev. James Wanyama (Matayos), Cleophas Aluku (Teso South), Linet Ochwila (Samia), Stephen Adeya (Butula), Grace Ambole (Nambale) and Janet Muyeve from Bunyala.
County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami will chair the board Chief Officer in the Department Daniel Mogoria as Secretary.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said it’s now systems go after three years of putting things on its feet, adding that students can now breathe a sigh of relief with prospects of getting education bursaries now on the right track.
‘’ We have subsidized scholarships for bright students to undertake specialized courses, revolving fund and education bursaries which will be given to students to pursue their education careers,’’ he said.
The Governor told the Board to go out of its way and solicit for support from donors and organize harambees to boost the kitty saying the funds from the National Government is too little to sustain the scheme.
He told the new board to introduce well-structured programs, avoid temptations which can ruin their careers and ensure they acquire an office where their dedicated officers will be discharging duties related to the scheme.
Chief Officer for Education and Vocational Training Daniel Mogoria said a total of Sh119.3 millon is due for disbursement in bursaries since 2015/2016 financial year.
He said names of those who applied for bursaries last year will be dispatched to Ward Committees for verification on Monday before final approval by the board, adding that fresh forms for 2018/2019 FY bursaries amounting to Sh83m will be ready soon.
County Executive Committee Member for Education and Vocational Training John Mwami said regional balance gender parity was used in arriving at the final list.
County Assembly Education Committee chairperson Novena Ndaliro said it’s a great day for students who can now go to school, adding that their lives will begin to change.