The Government has released Sh2.7 billion to the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) for disbursement to 180,000 university students.
In a statement by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Friday, February 3, the money will help the students in public and private universities who are preparing for their end-of-semester examinations clear their fees.
"The Ministry of Education is aware that the majority of Government-sponsored students in our public and private universities are preparing to sit their end-of-semester examinations for the 2022/2023 Academic Calendar.
"To enable the affected students to be registered with their respective universities ahead of the examinations, I wish to announce that The National Treasury and Economic Planning has released Ksh.2.7 billion for the student loans and bursaries for 180,000 legible students. The funds have been sent to the Higher Education Loans Board for further disbursement to legible students," Machogu stated.
He also directed all universities to ensure that all beneficiaries of government loans and bursaries are given the opportunity to sit their examinations.
“I, therefore, wish to assure all the affected students that they will be legible for registration ahead of the examinations. Further, I direct all universities to ensure that all beneficiaries of government loans and bursaries are given the opportunity to sit for their end-of-semester examinations as scheduled,” Machogu added.