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Kenya: University students outrage at proposed fee increase

University of Nairobi

BY ANTONY LANGAT

Students in public universities are piling the pressure on the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Jacob Kaimenyi, to resign owing to the proposal to increase in fees.

The students claim that if the proposal goes ahead it was going to deny tertiary education to the poor.

“It is a pity that when governments the world over are struggling to offer free education from primary school to university level, Kenya is working so hard to make education so costly and to make it worse, its quality is ever deteriorating,” said Babu Owino, Students’ Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) Chairman.

Owino and his counterparts claimed that the move to increase tuition fees was not only infringing on the constitutional right to education but also watered down the free primary and secondary education initiative by the government.

He called on government to reconsider the proposed fee hike and instead reduce current fees by half.

“We demand that Prof. Kaimenyi immediately sets up a task force to comprising of stakeholders and other stakeholders to continue with our earlier proposal to reduce the University fees by 50 percent,” said Owino.

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