By Brighton Makori .
Kisii Kenya 30 July 2021 University and College students from Bonchari constituency in Kisii county have rejected a move by the Constituency Bursary Fund Committee to force them apply for bursaries online, saying their data will not be safe.
speaking to Gusii star Students the Representatives from Colleges, Universities and Polytechnics said while the technology was good, they were not consulted on how the bursaries will be disbursed.
Kelvin Onderi said the students are willing to embrace the technology but challenged the Committee to sensitize the learners to embrace to avoid conflicts.
“We are concerned about using a private email to send confidential documents like the National Identity Card and Death Certificates among other documents. I urge the Committee to create a website to enhance the applications” Onderi said.
Boaz Omari echoed his sentiments saying the safety of their documents was not guaranteed, adding the system was not secure and their data could be used for malicious purposes and affect their lives.
He said he was concerned whether research was done and the System analyzed to ensure the information was protected and safe while being transmitted and stored by the Committee.
“We do not want google forms. They are used to carry out surveys on some topics and not for a huge task in applying for bursary for thousands of students” Omari said
Evans Nyaata said the link created requires students to use personal emails to apply for the bursaries, Stressing it will disadvantage students who have completed secondary education, hail from rural areas and their parents illiterate.
He said some parents will be compelled to travel to cyber café to apply for the bursaries digitally and may be duped by unscrupulous café operators who might take advantage of their illiteracy and con them.
“We want to know why students have to reapply for the bursaries yet they had done it before the death of area Lawmaker, John Oyioka. It cannot work because most students have deadlines to pay fees” Nyaata noted.
Brian Obure urged the Committee to explain whether the bursaries being delayed will be for 202/2021 or 2021/2022 since it was clear the allocation for one year is likely to be omitted owing to the delays in the disbursement.
He implored the Committee to assure the students they will not be denied funds under the guise of computer error during application and that their documents were not submitted for processing of the bursary.
In a rejoinder, area Mp, Pavel Oimeke’s Personal Assistant, Dennis Orioki said the students were involved in the adoption of the online System, only that they never agreed on their two Representatives to the Committee.
“It is not true that the students were not consulted when we embraced the System. It is efficient in the disbursement of the bursaries and we will complete processing in a month” Orioki told gusii star on phone .
He said the students were asked to make fresh applications since some who applied for 2020/2021 had completed their studies and if the list was to be used, genuine and deserving beneficiaries will miss the bursary.