Stu­dents to get var­sity loans based on cour­ses taken

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW - BY OUMA WANZALA owan­­tion­

The govern­ment has fi­nally started fund­ing stu­dents based on the cour­ses taken at uni­ver­si­ties.

The fund­ing sys­tem that took ef­fect this month will see a stu­dent study­ing den­tistry get the high­est fund­ing, at Sh600,000, while the low­est fund­ing, of Sh144,000 per year, will go to a stu­dent tak­ing a Bach­e­lors of Arts (gen­eral) de­gree course.

A stu­dent study­ing medicine will re­ceive Sh576,000, while one tak­ing vet­eri­nary medicine will re­ceive Sh468,000.

A stu­dent tak­ing a phar­macy de­gree course will re­ceive Sh432,000, en­gi­neer­ing (Sh396,000), ar­chi­tec­ture (Sh384,000), built en­vi­ron­ment (Sh360,000) and agri­cul­ture (Sh324,000). Stu­dents study­ing ed­u­ca­tion (sci­ence) per year will get Sh288,000, sci­ence (Sh264,000), ap­plied so­cial sci­ence cour­ses such as hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism (Sh240,000), busi­ness and law (Sh216,000) and ap­plied hu­man­i­ties (Sh180,000).

“The dif­fer­en­ti­ated unit cost will be ap­pli­ca­ble to all uni­ver­si­ties (public and pri­vate) re­ceiv­ing govern­ment-spon­sored stu­dents sub­ject to the avail­able bud­get,” said Uni­ver­si­ties Fund Board chair­man Ki­nandu Muragu in a let­ter to uni­ver­si­ties dated Septem­ber 7.

A to­tal of 88,626 can­di­dates placed in 59 uni­ver­si­ties re­ported this month, with 71,089 stu­dents be­ing ad­mit­ted to 31 public uni­ver­si­ties and 17,368 in pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties. Last year, the govern­ment an­nounced the new model of fund­ing stu­dents based on the ac­tual cost of their cour­ses.

This is a de­par­ture from the past where uni­ver­si­ties were funded de­pend­ing on stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, which meant that uni­ver­si­ties such as Moi, Keny­atta and Univer­sity of Nairobi re­ceived more fund­ing. Cur­rently, the govern­ment al­lo­cates a uni­form amount of Sh120,000 for ev­ery stu­dent en­rolled in a public univer­sity.

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