Move to defund private universities raises concern in Kenya

The ministry of education and vice chancellors of public universities are recommending a proposal to stop enrollment of government sponsored students into private universities.

If the proposal become into effect, most of the 34 private universities will either close down or scale down their operations as significant portion of their bugdet is supported through the government sponsored programme.

The proposal, raised through the Education Committee of the National Assembly, appears to have attracted the support of MPs and ministry officials. Dr Eve Obara, the MP for Kabondo Kasipul and Dr Pamela Ochieng’, the 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.

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