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Parliament urged to intervene to ensure HELB is funded urgently

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has urged the National Assembly to intervene and hasten the release of funds to the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).

The governor call comes amid reports that HELB has send out messages of regret to students stating that they may not get loans they qualified for owing to delays in the release of finances from the national government.

Mandago said parliament needs to urgently intervene and ensure that the funds are released to facilitate the empowerment of youth through technical education.

“We are calling on the National Assembly to intervene urgently so that the issue of lack of finances to HELB, meant for lending to university and college students is solved so that the students, particularly those from needy families continue with their education,” said the governor.

Mandago said the new development was particularly worrying for students studying at technical institutions across the country who may be forced to drop out for lack of fees.

The government started the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme to empower the youth by training them in technical skills in an effort to address unemployment.

Government has been giving a bursary of Sh30, 000 to every youth joining any of the various technical institutes, with the learners also getting access to loans from HELB.

Mandago however expressed concern that the technical program, which is one of Jubilee’s project and which should be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy may flop if HELB is not facilitated to ensure institutes produced skilled personnel.

“MPs should move urgently to ensure HELB is funded to sustain the programme which will bolster the Presidents legacy said Mandago adding, “The President’s pillar of industrialization needs technical personnel and this is what we risk losing if our youth drop out due to lack of fees that they would otherwise get through HELB”.

He observed that technical education was an important tool to transform the country’s economy through self-employment.

“We shall be reducing unemployment when our youths get skills on electrical training, masonry and plumbing as well as structural engineering,” Mandago said.

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