After being on the receiving end following their indefinite closure, Laikipia university management has announced their re-opening dates. The students who were sent home last week have been given a notice to report back to the institution on Friday 17th February 2017.
According to the information on the institution’s social media pages, the students are expected to report back to the institution and attend classes starting Monday 20th February 2017. The university management has also directed all students to ensure that they clear their fee balances before being allowed to report back. The institution has also directed that only students who have cleared fee balances will be provided with a special service access card that will ensure that he or she is provided with all the services at the institution.
The institution came under attack from Kenyans when they became the first to close indefinitely following the lecturers strike. The university was accused of failing to provide basic services to her students yet was in a hurry to close even as lecturers were busy negotiating for their pay.
The notice issued to students on 14th February 2017 has turned the whole closing glamour to a fee payment break. The institution is seen to be coming out to clear the air that they didn’t send students home due to the biting lecturers strike but because of their failure to clear huge fee balances.
Other institutions also announced indefinite closure and are yet to issue re-opening notices. The striking lecturers have also vowed to stay put until the day the government honors CBA agreed upon in 2015. The lecturers yesterday blocked roads within Nairobi city to show support for the doctors who are also demanding that the government implements their 2013 CBA. The lecturers through UASU turned down 10 billion shillings offer from the government telling them to increase it to atleast 45 Billion shillings.