From Femi Oyelola,/Yusuf Idris Kaduna
Sambis Schools International, Ungwar Boro,in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State has granted scholarship to sixty four indigent students who cannot afford education, to enable them access quality education.
The Proprietress of the school, Mrs Mary Owoyele disclosed this during a press conference held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to her, the students were selected based on their performance in the examination organised by the school.
“There are many people in our environment, who cannot afford costly school, so we offer scholarship to them so that they can be part of us.
“The scheme started three years ago but we already have lots of testimonies from the parents who said they are happy that their children could attend school.
“The community is happy with the scheme and some of the students have gone to universities to study chemical engineering, some are teachers here.
“In five to 10 years, the testimonies will be greater, we would have beneficiaries as leaders of our community and responsible people in the society.
“ The criteria used to select beneficiaries is through their performance in our standard examination. They are rated based on what each of the student score which determine what each of the students will be entitled to.
“There was a case of a woman who lost her husband and became depressed, we have to award scholarship to two of her children one is in SSS1 whom we waive his school fees, bus fees, gave uniform, notebooks and textbooks free of charge. His brother who was in SSS3 in another school could not pay the WAEC fee, we have to enroll hi in our school and pay the fee for him,” She said
Also speaking, husband of the proprietress, Mr Sam Owoyele said, “60% of the 108 students in the school are on scholarship. Some on full scholarship, some on half scholarship. Our aim is to give comprehensive education at affordable price, to develop talented leaders per excellence.
“We don’t get assistance or grant from any NGO or government, except some taxes that they ask is to pay which we don’t understand. Maybe government should look at genuine schools and support us.
“ Poverty is biting hard, if we don’t help them this way, we probably won’t have any student as they would have all gone to government schools where they pay next to nothing.”
Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the school for providing them easy access to education.