Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) leaderships need to ensure students eligible to register for the national identity cards do so, Early Learning and Basic Education PS Dr Julius Juan has said.
Dr Juan said many students who turned 18 years last year did not register for IDs because of Covid 19, as he urged Deputy County Commissioners (DCC) and Registration of Person teams to support KESSHA officials for the success of the exercise.
“Remember you have got learners now in form four and were supposed to sit for exams. The learners were turning 18 sometimes last year in November,” he said.
The PS said students will need their IDs immediately they finish their exams saying those who will be going to the university will be looking for the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), whose logistics requires one to have the document.
Dr Juan said the law hasn’t changed as you cannot benefit from HELB loan if you don’t have the ID card.
“For those who will want to join TVET institutions to benefit from government grants you must have an ID card, and for those who want to do any other activity soon after they finish their exams in March they need IDs,” the PS said.
He said the government has provided an opportunity for the students to acquire IDs and pleaded with KESSHA leaders to organize and ensure registration is available in schools to make sure the learners register.
The PS who was speaking during launch of a CBC classroom in Rachuonyo south sub county also said the learners can also register to get the voters cards once they get the IDs, so that they can exercise their democratic rights in August general election.
By Moseti Julius