New funding model will ensure equity in financing higher education, PS says

University of Embu acting Chancellor Dr Kennedy Okong'o awards the best overall student Oside Nessy during the graduation. Looking on is the VC Prof. Daniel Mugendi.

The government has heavily invested in education because it is the biggest empowerment that it can gift the youth, Principal Secretary (PS) for the State Department of University Education and Research Dr. Beatrice Inyangala has said.

Speaking during the 8th graduation ceremony at the University of Embu, Dr. Muganda said that the new funding model for institutions of higher learning is one of the investments which will ensure that all students who qualify for university education, regardless of their academic background, do not miss the opportunity to chase their dreams.

“The new funding model is the best thing that has happened to our education system, through this model our most vulnerable students will walk to universities without a coin and will be fully supported by the government,” she said.

During the ceremony held at the institution’s grounds, 1,590 students graduated.

Oside Nessy, 21, emerged as the best student after she was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics and Physics.

Due to her sterling performance, the University granted her a full scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree.

The University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Daniel Mugendi lauded the graduating class of 2023 saying that they braved the Covid-19 pandemic to excel in their academics.

“In 2019, these students were in the middle of their first year when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The world was thrust into a state of confusion and universities were closed and workers sent home. Many students struggled with technology challenges but they succeeded,” he said.

Acting Chancellor Dr. Kennedy Okong’o noted that the University was doing well in terms of performance.

“In the recent rating, our University was ranked as the best performing nationally. We are doing well due to sound management,” he said.

Five students were conferred with Doctorate Degrees in various fields.

By Musyoka Kaleti

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