The University of Nairobi(UoN) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Kiama, on Monday 12th spoke up on the university’s cost crisis and reforms in an interview on Citizen TV’s Monday Report. The VC defended the school’s decision to raise fee for postgraduate and parallel students, stating that it would not affect admitted students.
The professor dismissed claims of 118% rise that have been reported widely, terming them as miscalculations by the public. He further added that the increment is a little sacrifice to ensure that the university is sustained and vibrant.
“Would you like a situation where we invite a student to train and then we don’t have material to train them? So that it is cheaper?” He asked when probed on whether he was worried most students will shun the university because it is too expensive. According to the university, the clusters are charged as per the student ratio and materials needed in each program.
Following the news of 100 percent increment, UoN has faced strike threats from students. In their protest, they gave the university’s administration 48 hours to revise the directive. This was hours before the VC’s comment on the matter.
Among other reforms in the university include, abolishment of colleges and faculty positions, function merges, and course slashes.
“All these are in a bid to restructure the university in order to maintain it’s rank as the leading university in the country,” concluded Prof. Kiama.