Distraught Parents Decry Unfulfilled Scholarship Deal By Wangamati’s Administration

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Parents in Bungoma county on Wednesday faced frustrations as they admitted their form one children into various secondary schools because of unpaid scholarships funds awarded by Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati.

Majority of the parents who talked to Horizon News, stated that they were only served with promissory letters or otherwise commitment letters from the county governments where they pledged to settle the school fees of the beneficiaries while pleading with school heads to admit them.

In a letter seen by Horizon News, the promissory letter says that the scholarship will take effect from May 22, 2022 which is 18 days late from the admission date.

Arnold Wakhungu, one of the beneficiaries has expressed his disappointments after his parents struggled to get him to Chesamisi Boys high school in Kimilili constiturncy for admission just for them to realize that the scholarship had not been paid.

“I got 301 marks and was awarded the Governors scholarship but opon reaching here for my admission we have been told that the fee has not been paid, we are confused,” said Wakhungu.

Dorcus Ayieko, a mother to another beneficiary said that she was shocked and stranded after her son’s name was found missing from the list of beneficiaries forwarded to the school by the county government.

She said that they were given a call to attend the scholarship launch last week after the KCPE exams were announced and vetting for the scholarships done but today her son’s name is not among those shortlisted as beneficiaries.

“I am confused because my son was promised the governor’s scholarship but today as I was admitting him to Chesamisi High school his name is missing from the list forwarded by the county government,” she commented.

Parents are however decrying the high cost of living that has been reflected on the school fees,Uniforms and exorbitant requirements by some schools across the country.

A spot check at Chesamisi high school revealed parents lamenting over the high cost of admission fees and the extra requirements.

Mrs Ayieko explained that she has really struggled to meet the admission requirements for her son but on reaching the school she found a lot of other expenses which she wasn’t been able to meet.

“The cost of living is really weighing down on parents, the requirements for admission are too high and some we are unable to meet due to lack of money,”she added.

Chesamisi high school Principal Christopher Serem admitted that majority parents are having financial challenges especially when it comes to fee payment.

“The major challenge we are facing now is fee payment by the parents as most of them are not able to meet the required amount for admission but we hope that they will try their best to pay even though the economy is not so favorable,” said the principal.

He however noted that as a school they were ready and are prepared in terms of infrastructure to accommodate their incoming forms.

“As a school we believe we are set to kickstart the term even though we are short of dormitories, we need a bigger dormitory so as to comfortably accommodate all the students that we have, “Said Christopher.

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