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Students Union Chairman Dominic Kiptanui Korir.

Helb told to raise minimum polytechnic cash allocation

By Wasike Elvis.
The Eldoret National Polytechnic students have urged Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) to increase the amount allocated to the institution.
Speaking to Education News recently Students Union Chairman Dominic Kiptanui Korir said the current amount is a drop in the ocean compared to the number of students the institution has enrolled.
“We usually receive Sh15,000,000 annually which only benefits 500 out of 8,000 students each getting Sh30,000,” he said in Eldoret town recently.
“We want the funds increased since most students come from poor backgrounds thus cannot afford fees and if nothing is done they might drop out of school. I also call upon HELB to ensure that the funds are disbursed on time to prevent us from being sent out of school due to lack of school fees,” he added.
He, however, urged HELB to be channeling the funds into students account rather than the polytechnics account to help students cater for their personal issues.
“This will help us pay for food, accommodation and transport.The funds should also be channeled on time since it takes over 5 months for one to benefit,” noted Korir.

He called upon Uasin Gishu County Government to put up security lights at the school’s premises because students are attacked by thugs.

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