President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday gave the Presbyterian University of East Africa the green light to resume operations.
The president handed the university’s managers the letter of interim authority after the institution satisfied government requirements.
While speaking at PCEA St Andrews Church where he attended mass, the president indicated that the government is now satisfied with the progress that the institution had made in meeting the required standards for the reinstatement of the letter of interim authority.
The president further called on the institution’s management to continue implementing all the recommendations made by the government.
Presbyterian University was awarded a letter of interim authority in 2007 but was revoked in January by the then Education CS Fred Matiang’i following recommendations from the Commission for University Education (CUE).
According to CUE, the institution had failed to meet the required standards set by the commission.
However, while handing over the letter, President Kenyatta said that the institution should now take the opportunity to develop into the centre of knowledge, science, innovation and research that it was intended for.
“Your commitment to establish the Presbyterian University of East Africa as a top notch institution of higher learning is a reflective of your enduring spirit, action to progress the training of our people. The Government of Kenya is cognisant of these efforts and commends you,” said Mr Kenyatta.
The report recommending the revocation of the license said that the staff at the university had not been paid for the past two years and the institution had unpaid arrears on salaries and allowances amounting to Sh. 611 million.
Additionally, CUE said in the report that the university lacked sufficient resources to meet its obligations.
The university was found to run seven degree programmes and 27 non-degree programmes.
The report further said that in 2017/2018, 1,032 students were enrolled in degree programmes while 359 were studying in diploma, certificate and pre-university programmes.
The ratio of full-time staff (56) to part-time (33) academic staff members was found to be approximately 2:1 (1:6:1).
PUEA first admitted students in 2008 after it was issued with a letter of interim on August 10, 2007. It was yet to get a charter.