Students urge government to ensure equal access to loan scheme
Students at Bukalasa Agricultural college in Luweero district have asked the Equal Opportunities Commission to ensure equal access to the loan scheme by both learners in rural and urban areas.
Students in rural areas say many of them are yet to benefit from the scheme citing lack of awareness about the application process.
The loans are issued by the Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB), a government entity established in 2014 to provide both loans and scholarships to Ugandan students to pursue higher education.
On Tuesday, the board released a list of 1,113 successful loan scheme applicants for the academic year 2020/21, many of them male applicants from urban areas.
While interacting with officials from the Equal Opportunities Commission at Bukalasa Agricultural College on Wednesday, the students asked the commission to push the board to conduct sensitization meetings in schools and enable learners to know how to apply for the loans.