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Strathmore, HELB MoU to help needy students

12 August 2014, 19:00

Nairobi - Strathmore University students will now be able to acquire education loans from the government-run Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) after the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Vice Chancellor, Prof John Odhiambo and HELB Chief Executive Officer, Charles Ringera, sealed the MOU.

Speaking during the event, Odhiambo said Strathmore University currently had 800 students from poor backgrounds and who were on financial aid support.

“We have a deliberate strategy to get the brightest students that lack financially to join us,” he said.

Rinjera said Strathmore was chosen to benefit because it accommodated needy students.

“The university picks students from humble backgrounds and turns their lives around,” said Ringera.

He commended the institution for its role in the students’ transformation.

HELB has long been the preserve of the public university students but has since been changed to accommodate privately-sponsored students in public universities.

“HELB has seen the challenges faced by needy students. That is why we have decided to advance loans to students in private universities. HELB wants to reach students in the outskirts; students that are lacking tremendously; Students from Turkana for example,” said Ringera.

– CAJ News

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