A section of the University of Nairobi (UoN). [Photo: uonbi.ac.ke]

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Students at the University of Nairobi (UoN) will soon start using biometric identification cards, for security, purposes.

They will be used for identification and also serve as an ATM card, which will enable students access the various services at the institution, by swiping.

According to the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), Chief Executive Officer, Charles Ringera, such system has already been successfully implemented by other universities as the Maasai Mara University, Pwani University, Egerton and Moi University. 

Speaking to a stakeholders meeting, Thursday, UoN Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi welcomed the biometric identity cards initiative and urged the relevant technical committees to work on ensuring it is implemented.

The technical committee will consist of finance, administration, procurement and security personnel who will work with respective banks to have the biometric system implemented.

Once implemented the card will enable Application Programming Interface (API) integration with the student portal and the students will access the services seamlessly.

Also present during the meeting were David Ndegwa Wachira, Board Chairman, Higher Education Loans Board and Prof Timothy Wachira, representative of the Vice-Chancellors and Principals of private universities.