Bumula Member of Parliament (MP) Jack Wamboka has pledged support for a Bill proposed at the National Assembly which seeks to stop any mode of State funding to private Universities and Colleges.
Speaking in Bumula during preparation for the Bumula Education Day slated for Friday, Wamboka said that the funds allocated for the institutions should instead be channeled to innovation and infrastructure development in public Universities.
“We recently summoned Education CS Ezekiel Machogu before the House and we suggested that the funds allocated to private Universities be diverted to develop infrastructure in their public counterparts,” he said.
He added that it is during the meeting that MPs discussed University funding and reached a consensus to allow students who had waiting National Identification cards to apply for the State loans.
The Legislator called on his colleagues to pass the Bill saying that a number of public varsities have been struggling to run their operations due to insufficient capitation.
Wamboka noted that he has prioritized the education sector in his constituency citing Musakasa Technical Training Institute where he has already allocated funds for the construction of modern lecture halls.
He added that the Institute has also received a new Principal relieving its Registrar who was the acting head.
“When I took over the reins of this Constituency, I found Musakasa in terrible form and I immediately engaged CS Machogu who ensured that it gets a new principal,” he said.
Wamboka disclosed that the institution’s enrolment has increased from 200 to 2,000 students so far.
The MP also stated that Khasoko High School where students died under unclear circumstances has also received a new Principal.
He urged residents to turn up for the Education Day in large numbers, saying that Education CS Ezekiel Machogu will be the Chief Guest while National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula and Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka will be among the dignitaries who will be in attendance.
By Tony Wafula
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