Cabinet abolish ID requirement for Helb loan application.

The Cabinet agreed to do away with the national ID requirement for students applying for higher education loans.

The resolution came from a cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto at the Kakamega State Lodge.

The Ministry of Education was directed jointly with all stakeholders to fast-track access to scholarships for all the eligible students who are due to report to institutions of higher learning next week.

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Students applying for the loans were required to use an ID to access the loans portal but those who did not have them could use their birth certificates, this however came at a cost since the portal was slow to adopt it.

Cabinet also approved the upgrading of 13 Technical and Vocational Colleges to National Polytechnic status.

Those elevated are Maasai Technical Training Institute, Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology, Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology, Coast Institute of Technology, Sang’alo Institute of Science & Technology and the Bureti Technical Vocational College.

Others are Tseikuru Technical & Training College, Jeremiah Nyagah Technical Training Institute, Mawego Technical Training Institute, and Baringo Technical Training Institute.

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