Proposal to Merge KUCCPS, HELB and University Fund
Proposal to Merge KUCCPS, HELB and University Fund. The education task force has suggested that the Universities Fund Board, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, and the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) consolidate.
This advice comes at a time when public colleges in Kenya are struggling financially, including the possibility of bankruptcy and the weight of significant debt totaling tens of billions of shillings.
The panel is now prepared to provide its final report to President William Ruto as soon as possible, most likely today since that is when its term is set to end.
Insiders estimate that it will cost more than Sh300 billion to fully execute the report’s recommendations, even if they have the potential to completely change the way that education is provided in the future.
The committee has suggested spending about Sh60 billion annually to implement its report over the following five years.
The Working Group has suggested that, while the university funding model has already been altered, all bursary and scholarship committees be combined under a single fund.
Vice chancellors shall be chosen by select committees constituted by university councils through a competitive process. If the report’s recommendations are followed, university senates and councils will choose chancellors instead of the president, who had previously selected them.
Three applicants for the position of chancellor will be recommended to the Education Cabinet Secretary by a committee made up of the senate and council of a university.