The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has announced its plans to provide at least 60,000 laptops to new government-sponsored students taking online classes.
The new project has been submitted to the Treasury with hopes of providing KES 2.5 billion to fund it. If the Treasury approves the project, about 60,000 students will be lucky enough to get a laptop next year as part of the fee loan package.
“This blended learning is the way to go into the future,” Ringera said. “The loans mean students can stop using small devices like mobile phones and at least use laptops.”
The 60,000 students will be about half of the number of individuals joining the university as first years. Unfortunately, postgraduate and diploma students are not eligible for the loan.