Ruto promises paid internships, interest-free HELB loans, among other education plans
William Ruto released his education charter promising a one to two-year paid National Internship Programme for all students graduating from learning institutions through a harmonious collaboration with the private sector.
The UDA leader also promises secure interest-free HELB loans for students and double the current funding to the institution from Ksh11 billion to Ksh22 billion.
On top of that, he promises to increase Vocational Centers and Technical universities.
“Establish a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in each of the 1,450 wards in Kenya. The Kenya Kwanza administration will allocate conditional grants to county governments within its first year to ensure that in addition to the existing 1,200, we will construct 250 VTC inwards that are currently lacking,” his charter read in part
“Increase the number of Technical Universities from the current three to eight; at least one in every region and ensure all TVETs are linked to universities by developing a credit transfer framework to support academic progression.”
Ruto’s basic education plan
In his plan for basic education, Ruto has promised to employ 58,000 teachers at a cost of Ksh25 billion per year to bridge the shortage in schools across the country.
Ruto also promises to strengthen day secondary schools to guarantee access to quality education and reduce the cost of education.
“Establish a National Elimu Fund that will be mandated with regulating, mobilizing, dispersing and managing all education grants, bursaries, and scholarships from both private and public sponsors. The fund will cater for accommodation and related costs,” the charter reads.
Ruto has also promised to address the issue of school-going girls by providing free sanitary towels for all primary and secondary school students.
“Enforce a 100 per cent return to school policy for all teenage mothers and ensure that they automatically benefit from existing government bursary initiatives.”
To address problems raised by principals regarding the running of schools, Ruto has promised to work with different stakeholders to introduce special packages for all schools.
“In order to cushion schools with low enrollment and enable them to meet school operational fixed cost, introduce a Minimum Essential Package (MEP) to public primary and secondary schools, to ensure consistent access to basic services by all public schools.
“Introduce a Special Service Tariff for all learning institutions for basic utilities to facilitate their seamless access and connectivity. These include; electricity, water, and internet connectivity for digital learning that often consumes a huge chunk of school budgets,” his charter added.