November 16, 2018

Number of students suspended by Kirinyaga University rises to 41

The number of students suspended for four years by the Kirinyaga University for allegedly boycotting lectures in November 2016, has risen from 35 to 41.

Among the six were Gideon Kipkosgei, a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student who received his suspension letter last Friday (6/1/2017) without being given a right of reply to defend himself as happened to the rest, as per the Standard.

The 35, mostly first-year and fourth-year students, were served with suspension letters dated December 19, 2016 and ejected from the institution.

“In the light of the evidence presented to the disciplinary committee on December 15, you were found guilty of contravening the Kirinyaga University statutes by leading a boycott of scheduled classes and field trip,” a letter signed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration and Students Affairs, Prof Charles Omwadho indicated.

“The punishment follows boycott of lectures and trips organised by the university on November 10 and 11 last year,” the letter added.

The students through a letter to the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i, urged him to intervene in the matter for their re-admission.

According to the students, the administration had increased school fees without consulting them and this led to the closure of the university.

“We just refused to go to the classes and remained peaceful demanding to be [told] why the [fees], particularly for those pursuing a degree in clinical medicine, had been increased from Sh27,000 to 37,000 per semester. They should not have called the police to kick us out at night,” one student said.

Reports emerged that the university also asked students to pay Sh5,000 for a trip to the neighbouring Nyeri County, a return trip that would ordinarily cost Sh400 using public means.

Education stakeholders have for years been blamed for inability to solve problems facing the system.

Despite these challenges, the process of aligning Kenya’s education curriculum with market needs has been slow, with former CSs promising much but delivering little.

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