April 25, 2014

M7 Stops State House Scholarships

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has phased out of all University scholarships for all University Students.

Museveni made the revelation while presiding over the official launch of the Students Finance loan scheme at Kyambogo University on Thursday where he noted that those already benefiting from the scholarship won’t be affected by the new development but emphasized that no new students will be sponsored by statehouse in the coming years.

Bagenda Sengozi a lecture of Mechanical and Production Engineering  Kyambogo University  taking shows Museveni the Multi Factional Plat form Machine  (1)
Bagenda Sengozi a lecture of Mechanical and Production Engineering Kyambogo University taking shows Museveni the Multi Factional Plat form Machine (1)

“Government attaches great importance to the education sector and the establishment of the students loan scheme is meant to act as the apex of our education funding. This means that the state house scholarships are going to be phased out and the approximately Shs.30billions that have been spent on these scholarships will be channeled to the scheme”.

The brains behind the Students Finance loan scheme at Kyambogo University on Thursday.
The brains behind the Students Finance loan scheme at Kyambogo University on Thursday.

Museveni’s remarks confirm earlier speculations that state house had stopped funding students’ education at university level. The president also took the opportunity to criticize the students and administration of Kyambogo University for failing to solve their grievances a trend he says has historically impacted on the image of the University to make it well known for the constant strikes. “Kyambogo University has evolved over time, but the image the University carries of constant strikes is impacting on its further growth. IMG_0382

Why can’t you people sit down and address your challenges as educated people? Do you want government to bring which doctors so as to make us understand what is really wrong with this institution?” remarked Museveni. Information from the Ministry of education indicates that Shs.6bn was set aside for the students’ loan scheme, and of this Shs.2bn will be used for carrying out duties of the secretariat that are going to implement the program and the remaining Shs.4bn is what is to be used by the students.

President Museveni bemused by the fashion and design students of Kyambogo University on Thursday.
President Museveni bemused by the fashion and design students of Kyambogo University on Thursday.

However, John Muyingo, the State Minister for higher education warned that the beneficiaries should explicit honesty, transparency when applying for this loan and revealed that the Ministry won’t hesitate to arrest the students that default on these loans. Responding to media queries on how the screening exercise will be carried out to ensure that only the poor will be the beneficiaries of the scheme, Jessica Alupo, the Minister of Education and Sports emphasized that critical screening was done when choosing the board members of the scheme.

Prof JCS Musaazi hands over  his 420-page book 'Educational Planning and Principles in the developing World' to Museveni at Kyambogo on Thursday.
Prof JCS Musaazi hands over his 420-page book ‘Educational Planning and Principles in the developing World’ to Museveni at Kyambogo on Thursday.

“The screening and mechanism of identifying the poor will detail a background of the financial status of the parents, former schools that the students attended and this will be keenly verified. Any applicant that we identify to have lied will be automatically cancelled” noted Alupo.

Alupo was put to task to respond to media reports on the on going misunderstanding in UNEB and police deployment at the premises which claims she refuted as false. ”

“What I know is that UNEB is very peaceful and there is no problem at UNEB, we are waiting for a written communication from the president on the term in office and appointment of the UNEB Secretary. With the police deployment at UNEB, that is a normal routine in all government entities” asserted Alupo.

It should be recalled that yesterday morning, there were media reports that police had surrounded and taken over offices of UNEB in Ntinda.

She also went on to quash claims that the Ministry had intended to make some budget cuts in the Universal Primary Education (UPE) from Shs.7000 to Shs. 6800 stating that she isn’t aware of any meeting that took place in the Ministry to come to that decision.
The students’ loan scheme is intended to increase equitable access to technical and higher education, open to only Ugandan students. The loan that is meant to be paid one year after the student completes higher education covers the applicant’s tuition, functional and research fees. IMG_0624

However critics have questioned the law that demands the student to pay after one year or face jail sentence of 6months.
This therefore means, after one serving the sentence, the party is exonerated from paying the money.IMG_0634

Museveni drives off the  Ethanol powered Toyota Noah
Museveni drives off the Ethanol powered Toyota Noah

2 thoughts on “M7 Stops State House Scholarships

  1. This program is stopped at least once a year. Who is it restarting this program so as to make our dear leader stop it over and over again. What a waste!

  2. There is a fundamental problem with projects that are half thought through however well meaning they may be. They from the very start due to inbuilt systemic faults appear defective and bound to fail. Students Loans schemes are not new and lessons could be drawn from the US/UK to see how the basic fundamentals of the system are implemented. As an example US students loans are co-signed by a guarantor where upon there is default a guarantor is reminded of their duty to encourage and bear upon the loan beneficiary to meet their repayment obligation. so co-signers are equally liable in case of default. If incarceration becomes inevitable it doesn’t absolve one from paying once custodial sentence is served. Now a student loan is meant in principle to be a revolving fund and if this is mismanaged like the entandikwa scheme and many others govt has initiated you can be certain that this will fail. So its prudent that safe guards are in place to ensure a relative success and continuity of the scheme. The policy of try and error are not only costly but show lack of thought and due diligence.

    Now on a small note, for a scheme with seed funds of 6billion to then cost 2b to administer is simple short sightedness. If it was a business where over 1/3 of the capital is overhead expenses then there is no doubt why so many 3rd world schemes fail. Wouldnt it be prudent to establish a management structure that wont use up more of the seed funds perhaps capping this to just about 10-15% of the fund? perhaps using already existing district education structures etc would be a good start. Cost cutting by minimizing overheads to M7’s kalaani would be serve the scheme that is clearly short of funds.

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