Relief for University Students. Students who were unable to apply for loans and scholarships under the new university funding model have been reassured by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu that his ministry will fix the problem soon.
In his remarks to the National Assembly’s session on Thursday, Machogu said that the problems the students were having were caused by IPRS and invalidated National Identification Cards.
Several students with recently obtained IDs and IPRS were unable to use the university money portal because they were locked out.
Machogu stated that he was working with his Interior colleague, Kithure Kindiki, to incorporate the recently acquired IDs and IPRS numbers to the university system in an effort to reduce the delays brought on by the system glitches.
Machogu claims that because the procedure would be finished in a week, the locked-out students will shortly be requested to reapply for financing opportunities.
In order to facilitate and accommodate the requests for Identity Card Number validation throughout this application time, Machogu said; “Intervening processes are being implemented.”
Students are still in a hazardous situation despite Machogu’s involvement as the application window is scheduled to close on soon. According to reports, the Ministry of Education has not yet succeeded in its goals.
“It is expected that around 265,614 students would submit scholarship requests. According to Machogu, 65,328 applications had been submitted as of this date.
The CS further stated that the old National Identity Card numbers of applicants, parents, and guarantors could only be verified using the current system’s Integrated Personnel Registration System.
“Since the application process began, it has been observed that the system takes a lengthy time to validate Identity Card Numbers.
Machogu stated that “the system occasionally experiences downtimes for several hours, thereby impeding the registration and application process.”
- KUCCPS ,
- as well as the State Department for TVET
collaborated to develop and deploy a centralized online portal for students. Students in tertiary education institutions will use it to register for and apply for scholarships, loans, and bursaries, Machogu continued.
The MPs did point out that the interventions were tardy given that several universities were about to start their courses. There were worries about forcing students to report before they had secured enough financial support.
On May 3 at State House in Nairobi, President William Ruto presented the New Higher Education Funding Model.
The new model divides students into four categories depending on their household income and is a needs-based and student-centered funding scheme.
Vulnerable students will receive full scholarships. Those in need will receive partial grants. Long-term loans will be given to students who are less in need.
Relief for University Students.