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HELB Responds to Raila's Call for Free Student Loans

Undated Image of <a class=ODM leader Raila Odinga (right), Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and secretary-general Edwin Sifuna"/>The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has responded to Raila Odinga, the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)promise ,'s to university students regarding the loan.

Earlier this week, while speaking to students at Meru University of Science and Technology, the former Prime Minister stated that when he returns to power in 2022, university students will not repay their education loans.

"This money (grant) is paid to university students through the Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC), and they do not pay it back," Ringera explained.

He went on to say that the HELB loan is a lifeline for millions of Kenyans who do not have the financial means to pursue higher education. He mentioned that HELB already has a Ksh237 million bursary for desperate cases.

Ringera believes that the HELB loan component should be preserved in order to finance more students.

Raila assured university students, who applauded, that their HELB loans would be converted into grants.

"I said that when we take over the government, we'll turn HELB into a grant," Raila said.

To justify his pledge, the opposition leader stated that every child born in the country, regardless of their parents' socioeconomic status, will have equal access to education from nursery school through university.

“That's why I am saying today when I get to power, HELB will be a grant, not a loan,” Raila told the students.

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