Diploma and certificate students in public universities! Brace yourselves for some not-so-great news. It turns out that government financing won’t be available for those of us who have decided to take the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) route in universities. Bummer!
Agnes Wahome, the CEO of Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), dropped this bombshell during a recent interview on Citizen TV. She explained that this applies specifically to diploma and certificate programs offered within universities themselves.
You see, some universities have their own TVET schools, but unfortunately, they won’t be receiving any government scholarships. So, if you were hoping for some financial assistance, well, we’re all in the same boat. No free rides for us, my friends.
But fear not! According to Wahome, these diploma and certificate courses will still be accessible during the selection process on the KUCCPS website. So, keep your hopes up and keep an eye out for any other possible funding opportunities.
Now, let’s talk about the bright side. There are around 200 TVET institutions under the Ministry of Education, and guess what? Those students will still have access to government grants and loans. It’s like a silver lining in the cloud of disappointment. So, if you’re considering TVET outside the university setting, you still have a chance to get some financial support.
In other news, our Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto, recently presented a need-based funding approach for college students. He divided the students into three groups based on vulnerability and ability. Finally, low-income families can breathe a sigh of relief because their financial contribution won’t be required for their children’s education. Hooray for equal opportunities!
This new funding model, as announced by the President, will come into effect in the next fiscal year. So, if you’re part of the new cohort of students enrolling in TVET institutions or universities, there’s hope on the horizon.
Speaking of funding, the President has promised an increase in funding for higher education. Get this—Sh84.6 billion in the fiscal year 2023–2024! That’s a whopping 56% increase compared to the current budget. It includes a generous Sh53 billion budget allocation and a Sh31.6 billion component for HELB loans. Looks like the government is serious about investing in our education. Let’s hope it makes a positive impact!