The Senior Management team at the Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) on Friday, September 17th, 2021 met with members of Parliament from the Karamoja region under the Karamoja Parliamentary Group (KPG) to discuss modalities of increasing the number of applicants to the Students’ Loan Scheme from the region.
The Engagement meeting was aimed at raising awareness about the Loan Scheme opportunity but also brainstorm on how the local leaders could join efforts increasing the numbers to the Students Loan Scheme.
In the meeting, the HESFB Executive Director, Mr. Michael Wanyama briefed the MPs on measures the Board had undertaken to increase the number of applicants from the Karamoja region including targeted sensitization campaigns in the region targeting political and technical leaders of the Karamoja Districts, educationists and teachers.
The Board has also been running an intensive media campaign in the region since 2019. Mr. Wanyama said these efforts had resulted in a slight increase in the number of applicants though below the expected rate.
Remigio Achia, the Chairperson, Karamoja Parliamentary Group and also the Piano County Member of Parliament in Nabilatuk District thanked HESFB for reaching out the legislators to reinforce awareness for the Scheme in the region and challenged his fellow MPs to use their platforms to raise the number of applicants on the Loan Scheme.
Karamoja Region is among regions in Uganda where applicants are considered under various affirmative action initiatives of the Board including free seven (7) Points in the score card and also benefits from extra 100 slots offered to applicants from the Northern Region.
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