Education CAS Clashes With University Heads Over Planned Fee Increment
Education Ministry has clashed with universities leadership over planned fee hike by varsities with the ministry now declaring the increment as null and void.
Speaking today Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia says that the Ministry of Education will not allow any fee increment by universities and that the Vice Chancellors must shelve the plans.
“I am assuring our students that no one will increase university fees. It is not in President Uhuru’s plan my office is open, please report any university that will ask you extra fees,” Kinuthia said.
University students have raised concern over the issue with some saying they will be forced to quit half way due to lack of school fees.
University of Nairobi Student leader Maxwell Magawi has also asked students to reject any attempt to raise fees citing coronavirus pandemic that has hit parents and self sponsored students.
“We are calling on students and parents not to heed to this call by vice chancellors.. It is inhuman, nobody cares about effects that corona has impacted on us,” he said.
Vice-chancellors and chairs of university councils have asked parliament to sanction the proposed fee increment which is supposed to guarantee institution’s sustainability.
The vice-chancellors also want all state-sponsored students to pay annual tuition fees of Ksh. 60,000 shillings up from the current Ksh. 26,500.