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Vihiga to establish higher education loan facility

28 October 2013, 19:37 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Vihiga County government is working on a Bill to establish a County loan for students who intend to join institutions of higher learning.

The loan will rival the government’s Higher Education Loans Board in assisting students from the County who will not manage to access help from the central government.

The County executive committee member in charge of Education, Science and Technology for the Vihiga, Elmanos Vodoti, said that the area governor had seen the need to boost education.

“Many of our people are disadvantaged when it comes to acquiring higher education because of lack of or inadequate funding. This is why the County has seen it indispensable to establish some funding in form of a loan to students who intend to pursue higher education,” said Vodoti.

He said that initially the governor had slated some KES 100 million for the project but due to the County budget deficit, the funds have been reduced to KES 30 million for the start.

The Bill is being drafted by the education department in the County which will later hand it to the governor’s cabinet for approval.

“We are in the advanced stages of drafting the Bill which we intend to present to the cabinet immediately the governor comes from his trip in Germany,” he said.

Vodoti said that they hope the fund is going to help the County in producing the required human resource for the region and beyond.

A board will also be put in place to manage the fund and ensure its proper administration.

Vodoti also noted that since the County has no proper structures to administer the funds yet, they will employ the services of the Higher Education Loans Board so that they can keep track of the students that will have been benefited from the funds.

At the same time, Vodoti revealed that the department has identified people who will be considered for employment as Early Childhood Development Education teachers.

He said that they considered teachers who had a certificate from the ministry of education and those who had diploma or a degree from the Kenya National Examinations Council.

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