Kisii university which has been on the receiving end for the past one month was at it again. The varsity has been under fire over poaching claims from other universities in the North Rift. Kisii university vice chancellor have so far denied the poaching claims and asked for ingenuity, truth and honesty from their alleged competitors.
Yesterday mid morning, learning activities at Kisii University were partly paralysed after students selected from the School of Pure and Applied Sciences demanded to know the authenticity of their courses, fearing that they may not have been registered. The trouble of registration of courses have seen several students go on the streets to show their anger to the public. Close to 6 universities and constituent colleges have so far gone on the rampage over the thorny issue.
“We are sure that these courses cannot be offered here since there are no even facilities to offer the same. This is why we are demanding an explanation from the management,” said Pius Kimunya, a first-year student.
In Kisii university, yesterday’s trouble began when angry students tried to force their way into the vice chancellor’s office only to be prevented by security agents who had been alerted that there would be chaos.
According to the students, the university is allegedly offering courses without accreditation from relevant authorities, something that might make it difficult for them to be accepted in the job market. They said that the recent predicaments from the engineering quarters is lesson enough to them.
Kimunya said their efforts to have the problem solved have not borne fruits since senior administrators have not addressed their concerns.
“We wanted to use dialogue to solve this stalemate but the other side (administration) is not ready and willing and that is why we have stormed here,” he said.
However, While Speaking to Magazine Reel reporter VC Prof John Akama dismissed the allegations terming them “void and unfounded” saying the Commission for Higher Education (CUE) was aware and that it had approved the institution to offer the said courses.
“You cannot come with such serious claims without facts. The Commission for Higher Education is aware of their presence here and they should not worry at all,” he said while referring to the aggrieved students.
In 2012, the law school of the institution was temporarily closed since the university had not complied with various acts of the Law Society of Kenya. Despite all this, the university also announced yesterday that it had plans of establishing and admitting her first medical students in collaboration with Kisii level five hospital.