JKUAT and KU Face Closure Over Illegal Campuses

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Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Kenyatta University (KU) are in trouble. The two public universities have run into trouble for setting up satellite campuses outside the country without approval of Commission of University Education (CUE).

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Kenyatta University management is on the spot for setting up campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania.

The two institutions are now the subject of investigations by a parliamentary watchdog committee, seeking to establish why they chose to invest millions of shilling in satellite campuses in the region.

The move has been triggered by concerns raised by CUE after it cautioned public universities against setting up campuses outside the country last month.

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Chief Executive Officer Prof David Some criticized the universities for the setting up of the campuses without the commission’s approval.

This comes only a month after the commission closed down ten campuses including those associated with Kisii and Laikipia University. The commission argued that the varsities were operating without approval letters.

CUE has also threatened to close down universities offering rogue courses to students. Two weeks ago, the officials from the commission informed the yet to be first year students to choose universities and courses wisely. The officials told the KCSE top scorers to ensure that they verify courses before signing up for them at the individual varsities.

Other institutions such as Egerton and Masinde Muliro are still struggling to make some of their courses accredited. Egerton was forced to close down two engineering departments and send home students taking the courses after they failed to attend lectures for a record one week. The students were protesting against the university slow pace in dealing with their cases. They demanded that the courses be accredited before they go back to the lecture halls. Masinde Muliro based in Kakamega also closed down a whole faculty over matters of accreditation.

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