Ruto’s HELB Proposal May elicit Mixed Reactions

President William Ruto announced the names of the 49-member group he appointed to solicit public input and make recommendations for reforming the country’s educational system from primary school through university and other tertiary levels on Friday.

While Kenyans eagerly await the President’s proposed changes to the Competency-Based Curriculum, he has also proposed changes to higher education that may elicit mixed feelings.

According to The Standard Newspaper, a group chaired by eminent educator Professor Raphael Manavu has been tasked with making recommendations on higher education funding reform.

The President proposed merging the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) with the TVET and other University Funding Boards as part of the planned reform.

This change, which was reportedly included in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto, will most likely be reviewed alongside the idea of merging key higher education budgets. Professor Stephen Kiama, vice chancellor of the University of Nairobi, is one of many prominent figures in the education industry appointed to the task force charged with implementing these reforms.

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