Wings to fly benefits eight pupils from Kirinyaga East and Central

Kerugoya branch Equity bank branch manager Simon Kanyingi (middle), oversees the flagging off of eight needy pupils who qualified for the Wings to fly program outside  the bank' in Kerugoya town this morning

Out of the 124 pupils from Kirinyaga Est and Central Sub-Counties who had applied to benefit from the Wings to Fly program offered by the Equity Bank , only eight who have qualified.

The two sub-counties fall under the Kerugoya town branch of the bank and the eight received their scholarships this morning from the branch manager Simon Kanyingi.

Kanyingi  said the beneficiaries  will travel to Pangani Girls High school , Nairobi , where they will be  mentored as they prepared themselves to join Form Ones towards the end of this month.

He urged parents who still have  bright but needy children who failed  to secure the Wings to Fly scholarships  not to lose  hope  since the bank has till another program due to be rolled out  shortly.

Kirinyaga Central Sub-County Director of Education Kennedy Machora (left) in a tet a tet with the Equity Bank , Kerugoya branch manager Simon Kanyingi moments before  flagging off eight pupils who have qualified for the Wings to fly scholarship this morning in Kerugoya town.

The Manager  said   the Elimu   Sponsorship  program would be rolled out shortly and parents should  be on the lookout in order to enlist   their children  for consideration .

“The number of needy but bright children  has reached high proportions while the available bank resources have been overstretched and other institutions should come in and assist in this noble course, “he said.

He added that students who complete their Form Four course successfully are offered a  Sh 60,000 job at the bank  as they  waited to  join the University.

“Under this program , the beneficiaries are able to save some money they later use upon joining the respective  Universities without depending on their relatives ,” he added .

Kirinyaga Central Sub-County Director of Education  Kennedy   Machora  warned school heads  to stop proving tuition programs over the weekends .

He said any school vehicle which will be found transporting children  for extra tuition will be impounded  and the concerned  school head punished for breaking the law.

He said extra tuition has been outlawed and teachers must comply with this directive while parents for Junior Secondary school are only required to  provide their children with school uniform as the government  will cater for the required tuition fees.

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