Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) has closed four of its campuses citing financial difficulties.
Meetings held by the university’s board in December 2020 and January 12, 2021, resolved to have the institutions closed.
MMUST shut down its Nairobi, Kisumu, Mumias and Kapsabet campuses leaving open only three; the main campus in Kakamega along with the Webuye and Bungoma campuses.
The University also cited the need for better and quality education as one of reasons behind the shutting down of the said campuses.
The university management stated that it will embark on the process of reallocating lecturers and staffers in a bid to ensure the delivery of quality education in the institution and its remaining branches.
Students from the closed campuses are advised to report to the main campus in Kakamega from where they will be placed in the remaining campuses in relation to their faculties.
The move by the MMUST comes after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha held meetings with university heads from across amid claims of low funding by the national government, and which had left universities broke.
Magoha tasked the Commission for University Education (CUE) with overseeing university mergers to curb the rise of satellite campuses in the country.
On February 20, 2020, CS Magoha warned universities against setting up campuses even in regions where there already exists established institutions. He argued that the low student admissions in those campuses resulted in higher budgets and low income.
He challenged the institutions to focus on delivering quality education rather than chasing student enrollment numbers.
In 2020, a number of universities in the country came under pressure to shut down their campuses, with Moi University announcing its intention to shut down two of its campuses; Kitale and Odera Akango due to lack of students.
CUE also advised Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to shut down its campuses in Eldoret and Kakamega over quality of education concerns.
MMUST was among the universities under scrutiny from CUE on the establishment of satellite campuses.