Marsabit County has launched a full scholarship programme for secondary school students from poor families.
This year, 193 pupils who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam last year will be the first beneficiaries of the annual Sh10 million fund.
Education executive Umuro Roba said girls who scored 300 marks and above and boys with at least 350 marks were selected by committees at the 20 wards.
"During the campaigns, I pledged better transition to secondary school by providing scholarships. Today, my administration has fulfilled that," said Governor Muhamud Ali during the launch of the progarmme at Moi Girls High School.
"We have just begun and the journey will not stop as this is our law. Every year we are going to set aside funds for children from poor background."
Senator Abubakar Harugura, MPs Ali Rasso (Saku) and Musa Arbelle (Laisamis), County Assembly Speaker Mathew Loltome and several MCAs, led by Majority Leader Halkano Konso, attended the function.
Ali said sponsors should give scholarships instead of bursaries, adding that partners like Equity Bank, KCB and NGOs had also provided scholarships to bright students from poor families.
According to the scholarship fund Chairman Dominic Dabaleh, there were 261 applicants from the 20 wards, out of whom 193 qualified.