The Elimu Scholarship Programme, a collaboration between the government, the World Bank, and the Equity Group Foundation, has approved full scholarships to nearly 9,000 KCPE 2021 candidates.
Through the scholarships, 119 kids from informal settlements in Kiambu’s Thika sub-county were able to attend secondary school.
Mr. Sammy Karanu, a senior manager at Equity Bank, claimed the bank received over 600 applications but was unable to sponsor everyone.
He further revealed that the scheme will cover fees, books, groceries, pocket money, and uniforms for the beneficiaries’ four years in school.
Unlike the Wings to Fly scholarships offered by Equity Bank, which target Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates, who score 350 marks and above, the cut-off mark for Elimu Scholarships is 280.
Scholarships are part of the government’s efforts to ensure 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school.