At least 50 students and pupils cut across public secondary and primary schools in Ihiala community, Ihiala local government area of Anambra state have been offered scholarship to proceed to the next level of their academic pursuit through the Scholarship Scheme for Underprivileged Children of Ihiala town established by the traditional ruler of the community, Dr Richardson Okechukwu (Oluoha XV1).
The beneficiaries, Blueprint learnt, included recently graduated Nursery three pupils entering Primary one class, Primary Six pupils’ crossing over to class one of Junior Secondary School (JSS 1), JSS2 resuming JSS3, JSS3 going to class one of Senior Secondary School (SS1) and SS2 entering SS3 class in the just started 2017/2018 academic session.
The sponsor, Regent Dr Richardson Okechukwu, promised to keep providing for the beneficiaries academic needs such as session tuition fees, levies for common entrance examination, JSCE, SSCE, JAMB, Post-UTME, and others as long as they sustain or outperform their current academic status.
“We tried our best to accommodate only the indigenous pupils and students of Ihiala town but at the end two people from other communities and states but reside and school in the community were equally selected. The beneficiaries are from educationally disadvantaged families and about dropping out of school due to lack of parents, sick parents, lack of resources and sponsors to further their studies after graduating from their current classes. These people have excellent academic results despite their various challenges. We also discovered that some school buildings need renovation or expansion and other facilities,” Alade emphasised.
Earlier, the Transition Committee Chairman, Ihiala Local Government Area, Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Odemegwu, who described the sponsor as “a young dynamic, intelligent and well placed man,” assured that his administration would continue to support him to move Ihiala to greater height.