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Principal Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Dr Beatrice Muganda

UNIVERSITY FEES INCREASE TO BE PLACED ON A SCALE

The Ministry of Education says they are awaiting recommendations from the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms task-force before addressing the situation.

This emerged amid the financial crisis was compromising the quality of education in universities due to lack of enough personnel and infrastructure.

Some of the universities have opted to either scrap some courses or send part of their workforce home as one way of addressing the funding issues.

In accord with the Principal Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Dr Beatrice Muganda, the government was aware of the funding challenges facing universities.

Addressing the press in Sawela Lodge in Naivasha on Wednesday, she noted that this was a global problem, adding that the state was keen to improve the quality of education with focus on innovation as one way of raising funds.
Muganda admitted that funding had implications on the standards of education.

Prof Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha,chairman of the Commission for University Education, said the training programme was meant to address standards.

Chacha defended universities that had either scrapped some courses or were sending part of their workforce home, adding that they were looking into innovations to address the challenges.

The Commission secretary Prof Mike Kuria said the training workshop had come at the right time with questions emerging over the quality of education in the university.

Others who spoke were the Vice Chancellor Bomet University College, Prof Ann Nangulu, who admitted that the funding crisis was affecting their operations.

By Jane Kibathi.