The vice-chancellors and Ministry of Education have fronted a proposal that seeks to stop government-sponsored student’s enrollment in private universities.
If the proposal is adopted, it will see most of the 34 private universities dive into a crisis where some will close or scale down their operations since a notable size of their budgets is accrued through the government-sponsored student’s programme.
The proposal, which was fronted through the National Assembly Education Committee, seems to have attracted sizeable support of the ministry officials and a section of the MPs. Dr. Eve Obara, the MP Kabondo Kasipul and Dr. Pamela Ochieng’, woman rep, Migori County, supported the review.
“Why would we have students sent to private universities when public universities have enough capacity?” asked Dr Obara. Education Committee chairperson Florence Mutua (Busia woman rep) said the matter calls for extensive consultation.
However, private universities question the proposals motive accusing public universities for undermining the private institutions and the student’s freedom of choice