Education CS Ezekiel Machogu in collaboration with the PS of State Department for Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga has launched a project to construct 10,000 houses for students at Kisii University effectively addressing the pressing housing challenge in the institution.
In his address at the University, Machogu disclosed the government’s measures to alleviate the housing crisis in universities.
“These comprehensive strategies are aimed at enhancing housing quality for students during their academic pursuits and will be funded through a 16.5% housing levy,” he highlighted.
Additionally, Machogu defended the newly introduced National Higher Education Funding Model, emphasizing its focus on addressing learners’ diverse backgrounds.
He further underscored the importance of categorizing students as vulnerable, very needy, needy, and less needy, assuring parents that this approach promotes equitable access to educational services.
Kisii County Governor Simba Arati echoed his support for education, emphasizing collaboration between the county government, the National government, and development partners.
“The county government has donated land for the housing project,” he stated.
Arati also highlighted his committed to improving the feeder roads leading to the university to facilitate smooth transportation for students and staff.
Kisii University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nathan Ogechi, welcomed this initiative, emphasizing its timeliness as the student population continues to grow.
“The housing project will not only alleviate accommodation congestion but also provide employment opportunities for the local community,” he reiterated.
By Enock Okong’o
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