Vice Chancellor of University of Nairobi defends move to increase UON fees.
University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Kiama defended the move to increase university fees, saying it would not apply to any students admitted to the institution.
Speaking on Monday, Kiama said each program falls under a different category, which was approved a long time ago and was not 118 percent as widely claimed.
“There will be no increase in fees for a student admitted to the University of Nairobi, we will continue to absorb this deficit as it will fall on us.”
“There was no increase in the 118% fee, these are just people ‘s calculations.
His remarks came hours after the University of Nairobi opposed the move, saying it had given the leadership 48 hours to amend its fee-raising directives.
The CV emphasized that consultations were held before the decision was made by the institution, among many other changes while the institution was being restructured.
“We have been hiring staff for a long time, we have sent a questionnaire to the staff to give their views through the committee,” he said.
Kiama noted that groups are charged according to the proportion of students and materials needed to teach students.
According to the university, other reasons for which tuition fees have been increased include; and each course has its own costs, fees have not been adjusted for the last 10 years and customer needs and industry, among others.
” When I took over the management of the university, I discovered that the institution was living beyond its means and was in debt,” Kiama said.
He also explained why the university reduced the number of courses from 579 to 324, saying they were more costly than they were as an institution.