The Ministry of Education will on Tuesday, November 7, release the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) loans for University and TVET students, amid strikes by university students over the delayed disbursement.
In a statement on Friday, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu stated that HELB had completed the processing of loans for first-year university students and TVETS under the new Higher Education Funding Model.
“The Higher Education Loans Boards has finalised the processing of loans for First Year students in universities and TVETs under the New Higher Education Funding Model,” Machogu stated.
Photo of students lining up to submit their HELB details at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi County.
“The Ministry wishes to inform successful applicants the funds will be disbursed to their respective universities and student accounts beginning Tuesday, November 7, 2023.”
He called on the students who had applied for the loans on the Higher Education Financing Portal to ensure that their bank details, as provided in the loan application, were accurate.
The statement comes after a series of protests from students in various institutions who have held demonstrations over the delays in the disbursement of the funds.
Students of Machakos University on Thursday engaged police officers in running battles with anti-riot officers, calling for the Education Ministry to act.
The students lit bonfires along the road leading to the university, paralysing traffic from 8:00 am.
Police officers retaliated by lobbying teargas to disburse the students.
In early October, the same situation occurred after Multimedia University students blocked Magadi Road, the main entry into Ongata Rongai Town in Kajiado County.
University Students Protest Delayed HELB Loans Disbursement