University Students Hit Hard By High Cost Of Living
University students living on the Pay As You Eat basis popularly known as PAYE are among the many Kenyans hit hard by the high cost of living.
Those hit the hardest are students learning in universities within Nairobi City County.
A spot check conducted by Ghetto Radio around University of Nairobi reveals that several students have resorted to doing menial jobs in a bid to sustain themselves.
Maureen Gakuya a 20 year old student taking bachelor of economics, has been forced to work at a nearby food kiosk as a waitress to meet the high cost of life.
Gakuya also has to make sure that her job does not clash with her classes.
“The economic situation has become so pinching especially for students with no income and depend on parents who sometimes cannot satisfy all their needs, because of other pressing responsibility they are attending to,” said Gakuya.
Gakuya who previously depended on her parents for survival says that she appreciates the little she gets from the food kiosk.
“To survive in campus I always sacrifice my free time come to Klabu to look for job for a stipend. I thank God for the little I receive from my hustle because it is not good to be dependent given that my younger siblings also depend on my parents,” says Gakuya.
She admits that the hustle has somehow affected her academic performance and is always forced to do serious research and consultations to ensure that she does not tank her exams.
“The hustle has affected my academics because right now if I don’t have a class I should be in my study room, but I am at work to get some money so I have to slot sometimes to study so that I can catch up with my course mates,” she states.
She however gives hope to other students stating that one can actually hack campus life without engaging into anti-social behaviours.
“Getting little support does not mean that a student should engage in crime and prostitution especially for the female students. They should instead look for acceptable ways of putting the extra coin in their pockets,” she added.
By Rodgers Oduor
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