Gov’t Mulls Compulsory Service for Student Loan Scheme Beneficiaries

Higher Education Minister, Dr Chrysostom Muyingo addressing the media in Kampala on Thursday

Government is pondering compulsory service by all beneficiaries of the students’ loan scheme on top of servicing the loan, cheap Chimp Corps report.

Addressing journalists during the function to announce the list of the successful student loan scheme beneficiaries on Thursday morning, prostate the Higher Education Minister Dr. Chrysostom Muyingo said it is high time these students became patriotic and work for government for some time before they can think of working elsewhere.

“I want these people who have benefitted to think about serving Ugandans   first because their taxes have been used on them. Before going to serve as a doctor in the USA, you must first think of Uganda your mother land,” Muyingo noted on Thursday.

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“I had someone say let us have medical students bonded after doing their intern and I am also pushing for bonding  of  these ones (loan scheme beneficiaries) so that they get to know that before going to get big sums of money outside, they think about  our country.”

The Higher education minister said government is committed to seeing that every Ugandan gets access to quality education, noting that the number of beneficiaries for the students loans will with time increase.

The Chairperson Higher Education Students’ Financing Board Prof. Callisto Locheng said over 3,000 students have benefitted from the government students’ loan scheme since its inception in 2014 and that the number will continue to increase as time goes by.

“We shall ensure the beneficiaries double in the successive years as one of the ways government intends to reduce income inequalities and poverty among the people,” Prof. Locheng said.

Many students are seeking loans to enable them pursue Higher Education and there has been increased numbers of applicants over the years.

Locheng noted that this year the board received over 3,000 applications and 1191 students,  representing  a 33 percent  success rate  in getting the government loans for their higher education in both government and public universities and other institutions of higher learning.

Loans are mainly awarded to students pursuing Science and Technology programmes because as the country grapples with a shortage of manpower in science disciplines.

The Board has to-date in total awarded loans to 3,665 students from its inception.

Officials say the beneficiaries are needy students from poor households who are more likely to be out of school if it was not for Government intervention.

The Board said in awarding loans took into consideration the regional balance, gender, equity and social economic status.

Muyingo however warned the beneficiaries against misusing the chance but rather work hard to see there is value or money.

“They should do what takes them there, work hard and become the best Ugandans to serve the country and should be prepared to serve wherever their services are needed.”

According to the minister, loan scheme beneficiaries are supposed to pay back the loans in small manageable amounts after getting jobs on completion of their courses


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