Lecturers plead for help to rescue 'broke’ universities

Academic staff have painted a gloomy picture of the financial status of public universities in Kenya and called for national dialogue to support the institutions of higher learning, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard Digital.

In a blow-by-blow letter to Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) states that funding of the universities has not matched their rapid growth over the years. Signed by UASU Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga, the letter claims there is a funding deficit of KES3.5 billion (US$34 million), funds meant for pension arrears for 2010-13 and 2013-17.

In addition, UASU alleges that universities have failed to remit statutory deductions to the Kenya Revenue Authority, the National Social Security Fund and the National Hospital Insurance Fund. “The financial situation of universities has now reached crisis levels and unless it is addressed immediately, there is danger of imminent collapse of higher education,” said Wasonga.
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