Higher Education Loan Scheme to Kick off as Board is Appointed

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The higher education students’ loan scheme will finally see the light of day after cabinet approved a chairperson and board members. The scheme is aimed at needy students who are unable to pay for their higher education and this will enable them enroll in recognized higher education institutions in Uganda.

The higher education students’ loan scheme will finally see the light of day after cabinet approved a chairperson and board members.
 
The scheme is aimed at needy students who are unable to pay for their higher education and this will enable them enroll in recognized higher education institutions in Uganda.
 
The beneficiaries will have up to one year after accomplishing their studies to start repaying the loan.
 
Rose Namayanja, the Information and National Guidance Minister, notes that absence of a board had halted the finalization of regularizing and appointment of staff at the secretariat. It also halted determining the number of beneficiaries among others.
 
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After President Museveni assented to the law on Higher Education Student’s Financing Act 2014 early this year, there was no board to operationalize the scheme.
 
This meant that the Higher Education Student’s Financing Board secretariat has not been in position to rollout loans and scholarships to the beneficiaries.
 
Namayanja today reveals that Cabinet has finally approved nine members of the board who start work effective immediately.
 
These include Reverend Father Professor Calisto Locheng as chairperson and the members are Professor Opuda-Asibo, Prof Christine Dranzoa, Robert Odok Ocheng, William Ndoleriire, Soome Luwaga, Sserwada Mohammed Ramadhan, Brother Legesi Stephen Mwanika and Esther Nyozira.
 
The role of the board is to improve students’ access to higher institutions of learning institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education.
 
It is also supposed to enhance the effective and efficient utilization and disbursement of resources to all beneficiaries to ensure equity in access.
 
However in 2013 Prof. Asibo was among the eight Kyambogo staff members who were arrested and charged with abuse of office, conflict of interest and obstruction of directions of the Inspectorate of Government.
 
When asked why he was being appointed again to be a board member, Namayanja says the appointment authorities carried out due diligence.  
 
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