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Explained:The new Tech to select HELB students.

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The government explained on Tuesday May 16 the methods it is investigating to identify 45,000 needy students who are eligible for HELB full university funding.

During an appearance on Citizen TV, the head of the University Fund (UF) Geoffrey Monari and the Secretary General of the Department of Higher Education and Research Beatrice Inyangala revealed that the system would be purely scientific.

In what will be a first for the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), Monari explained that the institution will use rules to determine who deserves full funding from the government and who will receive partial funding.

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“It will be difficult for students to lie about their level of need as HELB will use a different database to check.

“The information that the students will provide will be checked by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to determine if the students have lied in their application regarding the level of income. from their parents,” Monari explained.

In addition, he said that the ID numbers have been linked to the Population Registration System (IPRS) to find out the level of need after consulting various databases.

“We are currently investigating how the student’s information can be linked to the population census where various households have provided their income level,” he added.

Regarding whether students from single-parent families will be given priority, Monari explained, “We will look at the schools the student attended. If the student self-funded a top private school, this would be an indication that they do not need full funding.

Inyangala added that the parents’ income will also determine whether the student will receive full funding.

“If a person earns a salary of Ksh 70,000 per month and has only one student and another earns the same amount but has eight children, the latter would prefer it,” he explained.

The PS also added that the courses chosen by the children will also determine the amount they would receive.

“We will provide more support to students pursuing areas that are national priorities at the moment. These are courses that promote the economic agenda from the ground up,” he explained.

President William Ruto unveiled a new student-centred university funding model on Wednesday, May 3.

“Universities and TVET will no longer receive block funding in the form of training based on the cost of a separate unit. Student funding will combine grants, loans and household contributions at the graduation level,” the president explained.

Under the new model, only 45,000 of the university’s 173,000 students would receive full state funding.

Others will receive funding in the form of grants and loans based on the level of need.

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