By Charles Rugah
University of Eldoret students went on strike on 8th July 2015 protesting against fee increment. This led to the indefinite closure of the University, a decision made by the Vc Prof. Akenga “on behalf of the senate” as quoted on the internal memo.
The reason for the strike being fees increment to a figure of 43,000 per year for government sponsored students, its now exactly 3weeks 3days that students are back but oops, not to continue with the semester but to clear, just because they had a demo in protest over fees.
The varsity is flocked with police who look prepared for war as the students peacefully vacate the university hostels.
Clearing from the varsity premises means that the semester will have to be taken again since the students have not yet taken their main exams, this also means that the two months the students were in session has gone to waste, so does the fees.
Students governing council has advised the students not to clear but fear is all over among students, and most of the comrades have already vacated the belongings from the hostels.
Information from reliable sources has it that the students will be suspended for at least one academic year.
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It really hurts to imagine that the students were fighting for reduction of fees but instead what’s happening is now more and more expenses, from paying the fees a fresh to fare to and from home to clear.
The students complained that the university was inconsiderate in ending the semester abruptly before they sat for their final exams. They were requesting the university management to allow them at least 3 weeks to take their exams before leaving.
The students and parents are now calling upon the government thruogh the Education Ministry and the Kenya University Students Organization to intervene and prevent the wastage of their time by the school administration.