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Kenyans react to govt’s plan to hunt down HELB defaulters
By Standard Reporter | Updated Feb 21, 2019 at 11:59 EAT
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Social media platforms were awash with comments on the issue, many decrying lack of employment as the major reason behind the debt

“Come arrest me. I don't even have a place to sleep with my degree. At least I will sleep in jail.”

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Wednesday announced that the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) will partner with security agencies to track down over 74,000 defaulters who owe the government Sh7.2 billion.

The CS noted that some beneficiaries of the loan are yet to pay a single cent despite the fact that they are employed.

Plans will also be put in place to track down defaulters who are currently in diaspora as the government seeks to recover the funds but a number of Kenyans have faulted the move, blaming the government for putting too much pressure on young people.

Social media platforms were awash with comments on the issue, many decrying lack of employment as the major reason behind the debt.

#HELB when they decide to involve the police, it's like they are increasing the level of corruption because those police are the ones going to take bribes from us and still come to look for us.”

“If govt is really thinking rightly and with the interest of the youth at heart, then it should employ these 74,000 HELB defaulters, cut their HELB loan and pay them the remaining salary till they fully repay their HELB loans. It is not rocket science.”

“We don't have a problem repaying the loan. Instead of spending resources on CID, why don't you work out a scheme that tracks all graduates whether they have a job if not find ways to get them jobs, then deduct a percentage at an agreed interval depending on the pay.”

“Getting educated in Kenya is fast becoming dangerous. You pass and chances of getting to jail are high since you won't pay #HELB. You fail you don't get a job, you decide to sneak your baby out of hospital. You go to jail.”

“But do they @AMB_A_Mohammed and @HELBpage know that the helb defaulters are so many that they can elect their own president and do away with the current cabinet.”

“Imagine having completed your course for four years, only to learn your degree is bogus since the course you did wasn't approved by CUE then #HELB sends police to arrest you for defaulting a loan.”

“Imagine looking for defaulters with the police some of who do owe HELB! What an irony!”

“Come arrest me. I don't even have a place to sleep with my degree. At least I will sleep in jail.”

“The Government of Kenya got no money to pay nurses but wants them to repay #HELB.”

“Hi @HELBpage Instead of wasting time and more government resources partnering with the CID department to hunt us, why not give us a date on which we should report to the nearby police station? Am also tired of applying for jobs Hii chakula ya jela inakaa kua tamu.”

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