The hopes of 45,000 candidates in last year’s KCPE to get a full form one scholarship have been dashed after the government released a list of beneficiaries.
This follows revelations that only 9,000 have been selected to benefit from the Elimu Scholarship Programme.
The program targets learners from poor and vulnerable backgrounds from 110 sub-counties and 15 urban centers that have informal settlements in Kenya.
A total of 54,000 applications were received in the scholarship program.
The scholarship is meant for candidates who scored 280 marks and above. Based on the 2020 KCPE performance, some 879,208 candidates, who scored 200 marks and above and met the stated criteria were eligible to compete for scholarships
Those to be unveiled Thursday will include merited cases under affirmative action for those who have lesser marks if the candidates are orphans, come from vulnerable communities, or are living with special needs and disabilities.
Also given a chance are candidates whose families are affected by HIV and Aids and other chronic illnesses with debilitating effects that could render their parents and guardians destitute and unable to fend for their families.
Orphans and vulnerable children, candidates from vulnerable communities in the target sub-counties and urban centers with informal settlements.
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