Sunday, 14 April 2013

Kenya: Helb thinks smart in managing student loan usage

Posted On  Thursday, April 11, 2013 |  by NATION REPORTER
Student funds from the Higher Education Loans Board will in future be loaded on smartcards to avoid misuse.
Helb chief executive Charles Ringera Thursday said the Board planned to launch the card as a way of taming frivolous expenditure by students on money meant to pay their tuition.
“It would be a kind of an e-wallet with divisions. This will have a set amount of money from their loans such that, for money meant for tuition, they can only swipe the card for tuition and not any other use,” he said at the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management workshop on procurement at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
Mr Ringera said the plan was part of a wider government programme to prevent students from diverting Helb loans to other things and then run into trouble paying fees.
“We don’t want our children to spend the money we loan them on drinking. This has often been the case, and the board is trying to address these challenges because these students will have to repay this money.”
The smartcard will be like the ATM card given to a supermarket teller to swipe, only that it will have three portions; tuition, upkeep and general use.

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