No student from Nyandarua seeking higher education will be left behind, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
In remarks made on his behalf today by the County Executive Committee member for Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services Hon. Faith Mbugua, Governor Kimemia said the County Government is expanding its young people’s access to funding for higher education.
She was addressing a meeting between representatives of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) and interested Nyandarua students at the Roman Catholic Church Hall in Ol’Kalou.
The County Government has been engaging HELB with the intention of reviewing the students’ access to loans, in the wake of several public complaints.
Following today’s meeting, university students who got zero or minimum allocations will fill the APPEAL FORM on the HEB website for MAXIMUM ALLOCATION.
“I am pleased to report that the board has committed itself to follow up on the requests from its end. This will go some way to fulfil commitments I made for the education sector in my manifesto,” he said.
Concerns from students who had deferred their studies were also addressed.
Governor Kimemia hailed the young people for befriending knowledge as a basis for personal and social transformation.
“We shall separately establish a revolving fund to cater for those who might not benefit from the HELB system,” he said.
A total of 1,420 students from Nyandarua responded to an initial call from the County Government for them to re-engage with the board.
“My Government will continue building the enduring partnerships our young men and women will need as they confidently march into the knowledge economy of this century,” said the Governor.
The County head will next Thursday launch an Early Child Development school feeding programme as part of the County Government’s continuing reforms in the education sector.
The programme will initially focus on milk, followed by porridge and finally a full meal.
Milk will be provided for the first six months.
“The intention is to promote child nutrition and pupil retention in learning centers across the County,” he said.
The event will take place at Ndaragwa Stadium, Ndaragwa Sub-County, at 10:00 A.M.