Students Association Gives University Of Nairobi 48 Hours To Revoke Doubled School Fees

University of Nairobi students association have warned of a looming strike after the University council hiked school fees in all courses ,in a move to regain losses realized since 2016 .Students have termed the move laughable  Extortionism in the middle of a pandemic as they vowed  to defy.

“We will not be silent on this. Education is a basic right that every student is entitled to. If the university wants to support the universal health care agenda as proposed by the President, there is no point raising the cost of training doctors. Increasing school fees now will harm our health care in the future,” said Mr Ochieng.

“We cannot not be subjected into huge school fees amounts that were were not consulted to participate in the review”Noted a student

University of Nairobi Council leadership  scrapped several departments and doubled school fees starting this year’s new intake.During a press conference dated July 9, 2021 the officials from the University of Nairobi through council chair Julia Ojiambo, Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama and council member Marie Rarieya announced the changes in fee structure.

Decline in number of student enrolment has brought low revenue collection leading the university to double fees for postgraduate courses and parallel degrees.
Fees was increased for liberal arts Master’s courses like communication and MBA from KSh275,000 up to KSh600,000 for a two-year programme reflecting increase of 118%. Degree courses like commerce, economics and law under parallel plan have been increased by up to 70% to about Ksh.1million for the four years. The new fee changes ONLY affect new students to be admitted to the university as from this month. This fee structure review has taken place nearly two decades.
The review of the fee structure was due to drop in revenue collection from recent years leaving the University with no option than to increase the fees so as to boost the University to Sh1.4 billion loss that occured in the year to June 2018.

Undergraduate students under State sponsorship opposed the proposals by vice-chancellors to have tuition charges tripled to Sh 48,000 annually.

The new two-year MBA course will increase from Sh280,000 to Sh602,000 excluding project fees while that of MA in communication to increase from Sh273,000 up to Sh655,000.
Private universities like Strathmore charges nearly half what Nairobi University offers. In Strathmore fees for Master’s in commerce is Sh 636,720 annually.
Medicine students at UoN in a period of five-year course, they will pay Sh3.8million up from Sh2.35 million while law students will pay Sh1,020,000 from Sh715,500. The engineering courses will pay an average of Sh2.1million from about Ksh. 1million.
The increase in fee charges was brought up by decline in number of students parsuing parallel degree courses whose tuition charges are based on market rates hurting university finances.

Expansion plans and recruitment of new staff has been frozen due to shortage of enough funds by most institutions as they struggle hard with huge debts.
Enrolment of students declined from 98,715 in the year  2016 to 62,963 in the year 2020, as recorded from data collected from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reflecting a drop of 36.2% of 35,752 students.

In the last four years students from both private universities as well as parallel degree programme in public universities has greatly declined due to lowering of admission grades to C+ (plus) and above. The parallel programme was the main source of income up to the year 2016 when it was scrapped off after being in place for 15 years.
The official data records a drop in number of students parsuing Master’s and PhD courses in the year 2016 to June 2020 from 67,407 to 44,657 . This was attributed by frozen  promotions and hiring of new staff due to economic challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic thus discouraging workers from reading for higher academic and professional qualifications though its viewed as a bridge to promotion at workplace and getting new jobs.
After parallel courses were scrapped, most universities are encouraging students to parsue PhD and Master’s courses in order to increase their revenue.

Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in Kenya which led to five-month closure of Universities and partial re-opening to curb the spread of the deadly virus led to financial loss. This forced universities like Nairobi on Friday to announce the restructuring plan in which all colleges and some offices have since been abolished while other functions merged around faculties.

The latest audit report showed UoN has dropped into a Sh1.4billion loss  after skyrocketing of its budget and failure to rate projected revenue which shows a surplus of Sh583million a year earlier. The report shows that the University was not in a financial position to meet financial obligation worth Sh. 2 billion  up to June 2018 as the cash was worsened after critical statutory deductions such as Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Hospital Insurance Fund ( NHIF), Higher Education Loans Board (Helb), pension and sacco deductions went unpaid.

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