The Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology Ngaka Ngaka says his ministry will adjust students' off-campus allowance effective this month.
“There are plans to adjust students’ off-campus allowance. I am, nonetheless, unable to state at this point in time the extent of the adjustment as we are still finalising this matter. I will make an announcement before the end of this month (July),” he said.
Ngaka also explained that the allowance was presently not attracting any inflationary adjustments purely because it was a budgetary matter.
He added they had limited budget against the ever-increasing numbers of students needing sponsorship saying that funds permitting, they will consider ways of linking the frequency of adjustment, as well as the magnitude of the adjustments to inflationary trends.
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He also asked why the allowance was not attracting inflationary adjustments and how students were expected to live with a stagnant allowance for the past eight years.
Early last year, some parliamentarians called upon the government through the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology to increase allowances for out of campus tertiary students.
This was after the students tried in numerous occasions to pursue the then ministers to increase their living allowance but their plea run futile.