Museveni to Unveil Student Loan Scheme Today


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Although Government has earmarked Shs 5bn for 1,000 pioneer students, the ministry is seeking for Shs 16bn to increase the number to at least 5,000 students.

In her remarks, Alupo said the scheme will start with undergraduate science courses in this year’s pilot programme while postgraduate students will come on board later.

But there are more plans under the Uganda Students’ Higher Education Financing Policy to provide loans for arts and humanities courses that will be approved by the Board.

According to the policy, at full implementation, 60% of the loan money will go to non-science courses and 40% to sciences with an aim of bridging the non-science to science enrolment ratio in institutions of higher learning from the current 4:1 to 3:2.

Parliament last week passed a motion recommending a review of the district quota system for admission of students to Makerere University.

The district quota system was introduced in 2004 to enable outstanding students from underprivileged schools in remote districts to acquire university education.

Hon. William Kwemara who moved the motion observed that though the district quota system was well intentioned, it has not been beneficial to rural students wishing to offer traditional science courses like human medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture and engineering.

In a motion, Parliament also resolved that all girls joining university benefit from the 1.5 extra points, which is currently only given to those straight from A-levels an issue that Hon. Kwemara says should be done irrespective of age and should cover girls joining university through mature age entry scheme, diploma holders’ scheme and other access programmes.

Although the Minister of State for Higher Education, Hon. Chrysestom Muyingo, who had recommended that the motion be referred to the Committee on Education where all stakeholders including the University Senate, students, and parents would present their views, Parliament also directed the Ministry of Education to take action on the issues raised in the motion and report to Parliament within one month and Parliament resolved that the Committee on Education follows up on the issues raised in the motion.

The loan scheme, proposed by the minister of Education last year, will be officially launched today by President Yoweri Museveni at Kyambogo University, according to the Presidential Special Assistant for Communications, Ms Sarah Kagingo.

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