Youths planning to proceed for studies abroad have been advised to seek advice from relevant government agencies before parting with any money to agents purporting to represent overseas learning institutions.
Uasin Gishu county executive committee member in charge of Education (CECM) Joseph Kurgat said those seeking further studies abroad should never pay money to anybody in the name of wanting to go for further studies abroad as some of the agents were dishonest.
Kurgat also asked parents and any residents wanting to send their children abroad for studies to seek advice from the county before parting with any money.
The CECM made the remarks in Eldoret where the Department of Education, Culture, Social Services, Youth Affairs, and Sports hosted youths who are expected to sit for entry exams so as to meet the minimum requirements to study nursing in Finland.
Kurgat advised the youth to be keen during the exams that will guarantee them admissions to pursue their studies in the foreign country, adding that they have entered into a MOU with a University in Finland to train self-sponsored youths from the county.
The county has also entered into an MOU with the Finland Embassy to support in the acquisition of Visas and Bank statements for the current group of students intending to go there for studies.
However, Kurgat clarified that the program is entirely being managed by the County Government of Uasin Gishu in partnership with the Embassy of Finland.
“We entered into an agreement with the Embassy of Finland and are willing to support the acquisition of Visa and bank statements not forgetting that this is a self-sponsored program and parents are expected to pay the fees,” he said.
It has been a challenge for many who want to go for studies in overseas universities to acquire visas and bank statement, this MOU will make it easy for self-sponsored students from Uasin Gishu County to get the documents, he said.
Meanwhile, the county has invested in its youth since 2014 by way of offering them training in KTTC, KMTC, TTIs, VTCs, and Veterinary Colleges among other institutions in order to equip young people with requisite skills to face the world and secure formal employment, added Kurgat.
By Kiptanui Cherono