Matungulu Member of National Assembly Stephen Mutinda Mule has rolled out over 3000 bursaries to interested residents within the area.
A total of 2500 students and pupils from humble backgrounds from Matungulu constituency will benefit from the bursaries at the start of the 2018 year.
This was revealed by Matungulu MP Stephen Mutinda Mule when he rolled out 3000 bursary forms to Matungulu residents in order for them to fill.
The legislator urged interested residents to be on the fore front in promotion of education in order to curb the high levels of illiteracy among residents in the area.
“It is high time we need to come together and support students from humble backgrounds pursue their education. This is the third time we are issuing bursaries to residents,” said Mule.
Mule further stressed on the importance of alleviating illiteracy saying that it will help in creation of job opportunities.
Residents who wish to fill the bursaries for their pupils and students have been given until Saturday to submit the filled forms.
Meanwhile, the Kenya National Union of Teachers has issued a strike notice that expires on Monday over salary increment. Friday the parents association obtained a court order barring teachers from going on with their plan to strike.
“We are not sure whether there will be school on Monday but we are getting the kids prepared just in case the strike is called off,” a shopper told The Standard on Saturday.
Ms. Selina Maitha, whose four and half year old daughter is going to Kindergarten 2 complained that prices of books and other school accessories had shot up compared to last year.
“We had done shopping way before Christmas but we left out some items. We hope schools will open on Monday,” said Maitha.
Some shoppers had done their shopping before Christmas and New Year festivities to beat the last minute rush. Others said they were forced to dig deeper into their pockets given that prices had gone up.
“Shopping has become expensive. Right now I am buying uniforms for my son who is going to class five and the amount I have spent is more than I did last year,” said Peninah Mbula. “Some boys will need to go back with their old uniforms to school and we will get them new ones later.”
Business has also been slow with many parents shopping for basic items like school uniform and books leaving out what is considered luxury.