Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has announced that students should not be denied admission into Universities due to lack of fees.
Appearing before the National Education Committee on Thursday, CS Machogu stated that all students who have received their admission letters should report to their respective institutions from Monday next week.
“All students will be admitted as we are processing the funding for first-year students,” Machogu said.
“We will be giving the universities the funds so that they don’t say that we are admitting first-year students without the funds.”
He further stated that a circular letter would be issued to universities, urging them to facilitate the enrollment of students into their programs.
This announcement comes in response to queries from Members of Parliament concerning institutions’ readiness to admit students without scholarships, loans, or fee payments.
Machogu affirmed that students need not delay their reporting to school until scholarships or loans are granted.
As of August 23, the number of scholarship and loan applicants has reached 75,272.
Only 30 percent of university applicants have successfully secured funding merely days before the commencement of the academic term.
The government has divided students who are in need of financial assistance into four categories under the new funding model: the vulnerable, the extremely needy, the needy, and the less needy.
Students from low-income families will be given priority in terms of scholarship allocation, while those from middle- and upper-income families will continue to receive loan funding from HELB as they have in the past.
A cross-check by our media team revealed that First-year Students who were admitted at Egerton University-Njoro were only required to pay accommodation fees as they wait to receive funding from the government before paying the deficit.