Ugandan government Thursday morning released the list of students loan scheme beneficiaries.
Out of a total of 3,575 students who applied for the loan to study science courses at undergraduate and diploma level only 1,191 were approved.
According to state minister for higher education John Chrysestom Muyingo, government will bond the beneficiaries after their study to first serve the country before pursuing personal careers if they so wish.
However, Amudat and Kabong district missed out on the list of beneficiaries for the loan scheme.
About the loan scheme
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government under the leadership of President Yoweri Muaeveni sought to ensure equal opportunities for all Ugandans to attain higher education through the introduction of a Students’ Loan Scheme for higher education. The Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports then introduced the students’ loan scheme.
Higher education in Uganda was originally free covering tuition and living allowance but the growth of student numbers has meant that the government of Uganda can no longer afford to pay tuition and personal needs for all the students that qualify to join tertiary/ higher institutions. It has overtime offered bursaries to highly qualifying students at higher institutions but with the growth in student numbers due to UPE and USE support from the Government, many qualifying students have missed the chance to join universities and other tertiary institutions on government assistance.