Uasin Gishu County officials led by County Executive Member for Education Dr. Janet Kosgei on Monday held a meeting with parents of students who are studying at Laurea University in Finland.
During the meeting, the CECM assured the parents that the county will continue offering any kind of support to ensure the safety of their students abroad.
She also dismissed fears that the county government was detaching itself from the Finland program.
“The county is the safe space, if anything happens to the students, it will be up to the county to find out what is happening. The county is here to stay, it will not detach itself from this program,” Dr. Kosgei assured.
She further revealed that Deputy Governor Eng. John Barorot will be traveling to Finland to re-negotiate some of the agreements that the students had with the institutions when they joined.
Among the issues, they will be discussing is the possibility of the students getting more time to work, to raise finances that can help in funding their expenses and fees while in Finland.
Later, the parents signed an MoU with the county that will guide their engagement going forward.
According to county Attorney Stephen Lel, the new MoU makes it clear what the parents’ obligations are.
The MoU will also be used in negotiating for more work time for the students.
“The MoU has made it clear that it is the duty of the parent to pay fees and other financial obligations for their students. It is this document that the DG will use to ask for the students to get more time to work, aside from studying,” said the County Attorney.