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Four million learners in NHIF cover, says Amina

Matthew Ndung’u @PeopleDailyKe

About 4 million learners have been enlisted with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover as part of the government’s push to have universal healthcare in place, Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed has said.

The CS said the programme, which has already been rolled out as a pilot project, will see all students access free medical care. She said the ministry has already instituted a mechanism to track all students whenever they access medication through the card.

She said the one-year programme will automatically be renewed in December this year to ensure that learners continue to enjoy education less interrupted by health crisis.

The CS said the government is seeking means to resolve ongoing lecturers’ strike saying that the ministry was in close talks with the unions. She refrained from disclosing the exact offer that the government had set for the dons saying that as soon as the talks are over, the ministry will reveal.

Speaking during the launch of 8th edition of Greatest Debaters Contest at Mpesa Foundation Academy, Thika, Amina said the ministry will revamp technical training institutions to accommodate as many students as possible for skilling in atmospheres of excellence.

“We are revamping technical training to accommodate as many of you as possible for skilling in an atmosphere of excellence such as this one,” she added Amina said it will soon be mandatory to have career centres in all universities, colleges, technical institutions and schools.

“Education as you know is changing at a very fast space. In order to prepare you for the future, our approach to skilling for employment must also change. We must also allow you to explore your careers and opportunities. Skills solely for management will impel you capacity to equip you for the future workplaces,” she told the students.

Thika MP Patrick Wainaina said the government will continue the push to have competence-based curriculum fully implemented. He said his push to have Thika schools revamped to academies will continue promising to prioritise education.

While thanking BLAZE by Safaricom, the official sponsors of the debate, Arimus Media Limited chief executive Julie Gichuru noted that challenging the students to walk the talk enables them to cultivate a spirit of leadership and ambition as they strive to make a difference in their communities.

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