For the 69,151 students who are set to join universities starting this September, they will need to have smart cards for them to get access to their HELB.
This is according to the Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed who said that the move is aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the smart card solution in all learning institutions across the country.
All institutions of higher learning as well as technical and vocational education training (TVET) institutions whose students depend on HELB to fund their studies are required to implement the smart card solution by the end of this year.
“The cards will ensure effective and efficient management of funds that have been invested in the education sector by the government.
“I also remind universities that as earlier directed, this smart card solution must be in place in September this year,” Ms Mohamed said.
She made the remarks during a press conference at the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) headquarters in Nairobi on enhanced TVET funding for the financial year 2018/2019.