NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi speaks during Manifesto launch at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi, June 27, 2017. [Photo: Courtesy]
The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has pledged to ensure students who depend on the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb), for school fees, are not disappointed.
According to co-principal, Musalia Mudavadi, students applying for loans from the institution, to facilitate school fees, have been experiencing challenges in receiving the monies, due to poor funding of the body by the government.
He said Nasa government will now ensure the time-frame of students receiving the loan for fees, is cut down from the current six months, to two weeks.
Mudavadi, indicated that cases of releasing the funds to students after a long time, frustrates the learners, hindering them from accessing classes.
“Today a University student applying for Helb loan, can be on the queue waiting for six months. Nasa says they will resource Helb appropriately, and in a timely manner so that it should not take more than two weeks, beefore the university studnets get the access to their monies,” said Mudavadi, amid cheering from the audience.
He further indicated when the Nasa government assumes office, after winning in the August 8 polls, beneficiaries of the Helb loan will not be required to pay, before getting employed, or a stable source of income, as it is today.
“You can not ask this fellows to pay the Helb, before getting a job. So we must get them the jobs, before asking them to re-pay,” added Mudavadi, in his outline, on what Nasa governmnet will do for the eductaion sector.
He also elaborated that the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams would be abolished, to allow smooth transition of children from primary school to secondary schools.
Mudavadi noted about 950,000 candidates seat for KCPE annually, with about 250,000 children failing to transit to the next level (secondary school), due to failed exams, or lack of school fees,
“Nasa wants to make sure, that the whole issue about KCPE, is out of the way, so that the transition to the secondary level is genuine, and everybody is there. Let the child get up to the 18 years, age of maturity, and then we will start talking about other skills for them,” he said, during the event held at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi.