The government has waived the requirement for national identity cards (IDs) for students seeking to apply for scholarships and HELB loans.
A communication from the cabinet dated August 29 and released on Tuesday states that the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with all stakeholders, has been instructed to expedite the scholarship application process for all eligible students.
Previously, students who enrolled in university before turning 18 years old were not qualified for Helb loans.
The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) CEO Charles Ringera recently clarified that the agency will not disburse funds to more than 2,000 students who have applied for financial support but lack National Identity cards.
Ringera highlighted that the board’s hands are tied since it cannot legally advance loans to persons below 18 years as required by law.
“An ID is important for identifying the identity of the student, especially when they are repaying the loan,” he added.
Ringera also encouraged students to apply for the available funds, reassuring them that there are abundant resources to cater to their needs.
Highlighting the timing of the new funding model, Ringera expressed confidence that it has been introduced at an opportune moment to ensure that all students receive the necessary resources for their educational advancement.
The CEO further advised students that, should they decide to change their course or transfer to a different institution, the allocated funds will still be available, a departure from the previous framework.
The CEO projected that by 2028, the board will have spent Ksh210 billion (Ksh145 billion for loans and Ksh75 billion for scholarships) to finance students under the new model.
During the Tuesday Cabinet meeting chaired by President Ruto at Kakamega State Lodge, 13 Technical and Vocational Colleges to National Polytechnic status were approved to be upgraded to National Polytechnic status.
The institutions are Maasai Technical Training Institute, Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology, Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, Coast Institute of Technology, and Tseikuru Technical & Training College.
Others are Sang’alo Institute of Science & Technology, Bureti Technical Vocational College, Jeremiah Nyagah Technical Training Institute, Mawego Technical Training Institute, and Baringo Technical Training Institute.