Private universities in Kenya have shut their doors to state-sponsored students due to poor funding. As many universities opened their doors to recieve first year students, many of these students who had been seconded by Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to study clinical medicine, law and pharmacy in private universities were told to go back home when they reported for admission in at least 28 universities.
The institutions referred the afected students back to the KUCCPS with several parents protesting the move to deny their children a chance to study. The students were placed in the institutions by KUCCPS on a government-sponsorship basis after surpassing the cut-off points for the courses in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination.
Parents at Kabarak University failed to understand why the government was paying Ksh.70,000 for the students yet couses like medicine requires more than Ksh. 200,000 per student. According to KUCCPS, the students were referred to these universities due to the agency but the matter was being handled. KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer Mr John Muraguri said that the universities were in order to sent the students back home as they expected the government to increase funding for the students.
The CEO added that the students had been placed in the institutions but funding affected the programme. “We have communicated with the affected students and asked them to apply for other courses offered by public universities. We will place them once an agreement is reached,” Mr Muraguri said.
Angry parents, however, blamed KUCCPS for the turn of events and threatened to storm its city offices if their concerns were not addressed. Most parents argue that KUCCPS has wasted their children by placing them in institutions that they knew too well would not admit them. They want the government to address their plight as soon as possible to avoid inconviniencing the students any further.