- Last year, the district got 29 candidates in first grade
- Bursaries is a sign of motivation and relieving financially handicapped parents off the hook for paying school fees.
- LCV Chairman says the thin revenue base for the district is a challenge for implementation of the bursary scheme
By Atiku Robert
Maracha. The district Council has approved the motion to offer bursaries to the best male and female candidates in PLE starting 2018.
Geoffrey Afimani the Councilor of Oluffe Sub-county said during the council meeting that: “This will improve performance through creating competition among candidates. It will also draw the attention of the parents to support education so that their children can benefit. Consequently, this can also boast the performance in secondary schools.”
This, the councilors said would act as a motivation for the other students in order to perform well. Some of the best performing pupils in the past has financial difficulties from their parents to meet school fees and other requirements. And so, some opt to drop out at the primary level.
The LCV Chairperson Maracha, Mr Lawrence Adiga, expressed worry about the source of funding for the planned bursary scheme. “We all know the percentage of our annual local revenue generated from Maracha district local government. And we also know the amount of finances we get from central government. When we leave this issue flat, will the district really accommodate paying all those in first grade?” Adiga asked.
Maracha district produced 29 candidates in first grade in last year’s Primary Leaving Exams. Recently, the various members of Parliament started to sponsor the best performing pupils especially in buying scholastic materials.
Although this resolution is intended to be a good move, the implementation remains to be seen as the district mainly relies on local revenue as the only source of income. This pose a threat for sustainability of the bursaries.