12 students shun loan scheme offer

Kampala.
Even before they can receive the students’ loan scheme cash, some students are turning down the government offer of loans to further their education.

Ministry of Education officials at the weekend said some students had written to them, indicating that they are no longer interested in the low interest rate loans.
“We have so far received notification from 12 students who have indicated that they have received other offers and are no longer interested in our money,” said Ms Elizabeth Gabona, the director higher education in the ministry.
She said some students had applied thinking the government was giving out free money.

Ms Gabona made the remarks with Education minister Jessica Alupo while addressing journalists after touring vocational institutions in Lyantonde and Lwengo districts.
Ms Alupo said the money given out to the students is not free and that beneficiaries must repay their obligations to government.

Mr Michael Wanyama, the coordinator of the higher education loan scheme, said the board would consider those students that had earlier applied to fill the slots.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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