Nandi County Senator, Samson Cherargei has called for a statement on scholarships related to education programmes between counties in Kenya and academic institutions in foreign countries.
Cherarkey requested the Senate Standing Committee on Education to provide information on the number of scholarships currently available, as well as the terms and conditions of such scholarships.
Cherargei also asked the committee to investigate whether the Ministry of Education has a policy framework that guides counties engaged with foreign academic institutions.
He further requested that the committee outline measures taken by the Ministry to facilitate students currently facing termination of their academic programs and repatriation from Finland due to non-payment of fees, as well as measures in place to streamline scholarship terms and conditions.
Nominated Senator Esther Okenyuri supported Cherargei’s call for action, emphasizing that it is wrong to take advantage of desperate students in the name of scholarships.
Okenyuri urged the National and County Governments to submit a report on the impact of scholarships.
The request by Senator Cherargei comes amid concerns about the management and regulation of scholarship programmes by County Governments in Kenya.
Many students have reported cases of non-payment of fees by County Governments, leading to the termination of their studies abroad.
There have also been reports of fraudulent scholarship schemes, where vulnerable students are conned by unscrupulous individuals.
The Senate Standing Committee on Education is expected to provide a comprehensive report on the matter, including recommendations on how to improve the management and regulation of scholarship programmes in the country.