Outrageous: Soon one may have to clear with HELB before they can say ‘I do’.

Helb beneficiaries wait in the lobby at the Helb offices.

Helb is in the verge of hunting down defaulters and one may soon be required to exchange helb compliance clearance certificate before they can be handed a marriage certificate.

In the effort to reclaim money from defaulters Higher Education and Loans Board is suggesting a proposal that will require one to present a loans board compliance certificate before they can say I do.

According to HELB Chief Executive Charles Ringera the idea would be presented to the youth and if they approve, the board would adopt it.

Mr Ringera said they were looking at other ways such as disconnecting water and power for defaulters.
“If you are looking for a job or claiming your pension, you are required to have a clearance certificate from us,” said Mr Ringera.

The CEO was speaking on Thursday last week during the signing of an agreement between Helb and the Uasin Gishu County Government that will see the lender assist the county recover money lent to students who studied at technical colleges in the region.

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More than 400,000 students have so far benefited from the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) disbursements since its establishment in 1995.

Unfortunately, a number of people have defaulted on the loans. This makes it difficult for the institution to keep afloat, denying other students the chance to further their education through Helb funding.

Source: Nation

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