Geoffrey Monari, chief executive officer of the Universities Fund, has cautioned against increasing fees for government sponsored students.
He warned that universities breaching the agreement will face repercussions including the termination of the memorandum of understanding inked with them.
The warning comes as 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidates prepare to report to various universities and colleges next month
“Universities have signed a memorandum of understanding with us based on the fees they charge. If they increase fees, then the MOU will be revoked and they will be charged.” Says Monari.
In addition, Monari guaranteed that all students who apply for aid under the New Funding Model will receive scholarships and loans.
He said the government will provide scholarships and loans to 130,485 students attending public colleges and loans only to 9,662 attending private universities.
“There is no student who will miss funding because the number of students we estimated is higher than those that were placed,” he said.
According to Monari, a student’s eligibility for the loan or scholarship will not be affected if they change either the programme they are enrolled in or the university they attend.
Monari revealed that all students under the age of 18 will receive scholarships while they wait for their loan awards at age 18, whereas students enrolled in private universities will only receive loans.
According to Monari, the aim of the Universities Fund is to increase the percentage of high school graduates who enrol in universities from 19% to 30%.
Addressing a gathering in Kuria East, Migori County on Friday , Education CS Ezekiel Machogu affirmed that there were no intentions to increase university and college fees.
He explained that the Government’s new approach to funding higher education aims to be all-encompassing, particularly for students hailing from disadvantaged families.
The CS also cautioned residents against upholding restrictive cultural norms, which have disproportionately hindered many learners in the region, especially young girls, from pursuing education.