By Odama Joseph
Arua-Four best performing pupils who were financially handicapped to join senior one have received scholarship in Arua.
Eugene scholarship fund and KKT Bus Company initiated the sponsorship to the needy but to the best performing pupils in PLE.
Eugene scholarship fund is a body of KKT bus company initiated by Joel Taban a son to Idi Taban who owns KKT Bus Company from West Nile sub region in Northern Uganda.
In the start up of the move this 2018 academic year, four pupils from three primary schools of Jiako in Ayivu County, Awindiri and Springs Nursery and primary in Arua Hill division were selected.
While selecting the successful pupils, KKT Eugene Scholarship Fund gave tests of essay writing and questionnaire to the various pupils in which the four emerged successful to benefit from the lifelong sponsorship. One girl is among the four lucky winners of the scholarship.
Aniku Johnson from Awindiri primary school who got aggregate 10 during the 2017 PLE, going to St Joseph’s College Ombaci said he was not sure of joining senior one because of school fees problems.
“My hope has been restored because I did not know where my parents would find school fees for me to proceed to Secondary level,” he said.
Aniku has been supported in school by his uncle who has many other children to pay school fees for adding that his biological parents have nothing to sponsor his secondary education.
Lillian Cotaru from Jiako primary who got 15 aggregate going to Muni SS thanked KKT and founder of Eugene scholarship fund, Joel Taban for the opportunity he has provided to them.
Basir Imago Jo from Springs Nursery and Primary school who got aggregate 12 going to Ombaci says the provisions KKT Eugene scholarship fund has for them will enable him to settle at school in which irregularities faced as a result of school fees default will be averted.
School fees for the four pupils is said to have been cleared for first term of the 2018 academic year as KKT bus company provided mattresses already.
In charge of KKT Eugene scholarship fund, Richard Kepo says, the scholarship came into being in November 2017 after PLE that seeks to support brilliant but needy children throughout secondary school.
Robert Arike who represented director of KKT Company called upon parents to play their part in ensuring academic excellence among these children.
During hand over of letters, certificates and mattresses to the pupils and their parents at KKT Terminal in Arua town, Archdeacon of Arua urban archdeaconry, Rev Can. Fanuel Onzima noted that such a move will remain a historical in improvement of Education in West Nile region which has all long been lagging behind in Uganda’s education sector.
Arua municipal inspector of schools, Raymond Ombere noted that what KKT Eugene scholarship fund is doing is like reviving the collective responsibility of the ancient African societies used to practice in the development process.