Vice-chancellors reject team picked to probe financial crisis

Vice-chancellors have questioned a move by Kenya’s Ministry of Education to set up a team to investigate financial challenges facing their institutions, terming it a waste of time, reports Augustine Oduor for The Standard.

The vice-chancellors argue that the problems facing institutions of higher learning have over the years been adequately deliberated by stakeholders, documented and suggestions have been made on way forward. They say their last meeting in Mombasa, which was attended by officials from the National Treasury and Ministry of Education and MPs, drew solid action plans, complete with timelines for implementation.

The stakeholders met in Mombasa from 4-7 February where they discussed issues related to sustainable funding of university education, research, science, technology and innovation, policy on placement and the role of accreditation bodies. However, two months later, State Department for University Education Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi appointed a ‘think tank’ to help in developing a new framework that would provide sustainable solutions to the permanent phenomenon.
Full report on The Standard site