• Saturday, 22 June 2024

"Gov't To Stop Funding Public Universities," Education, CS Machogu Now Declares

According to Ezekiel Machogu, the Education Cabinet Secretary, the Kenyan government will no longer support public universities and colleges.

CS Machogu said that the current financial crisis affecting the institutions called for alternative sources of income for the institutions to ease pressure on the government when he spoke on Saturday at the Dedan Kimathi University of Science and Technology in Nyeri County.

In light of the State's impending financial withdrawal, he urged public institutions of higher learning to embrace research, innovation, and technology in order to generate their own income.

"In Kenya, education accounts for about 25.9% of all spending, so we need to find other ways to fund universities and encourage them to look for other sources of income," he said.

I'm going to visit each and every university in Kenya because many of them are having financial difficulties, and we are urging them to find other sources of income since the exchequer's current level of funding won't allow for more.

The CS's announcement comes as major universities across the nation are experiencing strikes over a lack of funding.

The CS's announcement comes as major universities across the nation are experiencing strikes over a lack of funding.

Geoffrey Monari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Universities Fund, recently stated that because more students are becoming eligible for higher education each year, the government's ability to continue allocating funds to support these institutions is becoming untenable.

"The funding needed for the 2022 cohort of 145,145 students is Ksh. 32.7 million, while Ksh. 12.6 million in funding is already on hand." It is anticipated that the funding requirements will rise because the entering cohort is 52, 195 more numerous than the graduating cohort.

The CEO explained that the 100% transition for students earning a C+ and above, which has increased access to universities, has made the situation worse.

About 11 universities were threatened with closure in 2019 after being implicated in a Ksh. 9.7 billion tax evasion scheme.

Some of the top universities, including Egerton University and Moi University, are dealing with a management crisis as a result of lecturers walking out over pay increases.


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