Kilifi county to offer loans for vocational training students

profFormer Ganda ward MCA Abdulrahman Mohamed(In glasses) watches as Kilifi county Education CEC Prof. Gabriel Katana plants a tree

Plans by the County government of Kilifi to establish loans for students in vocational institutions are in top gear, the education CEC Prof Gabriel Katana has said.

Katana said the program will adopt the format of Higher Education and Loans Board (HELB) which has to go through the county assembly for approval.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the Ganda Vocational and Training Youth Polytechnic, the CEC said he had talks with the CEO for HELB Charles Ringera on take-off of the programme.

Katana said the programme will need at least Sh50 million annual budget for it to be successful.

He said the kitty will also add to the Sh2 billion from National government allocated to vocational training institutions.

Katana said Kilifi County is among those that will benefit in a special grant adding that they have complied well with the records required.

The CEC member said they intend to increase the trades in vocational training institutions including offering courses that are in line with the Blue Economy.

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