In Summary

  • CUE has threatened to close institutions owing it hundreds of millions of shillings in quality control charges.
  • This year, KUCCPS placed a total of 88,626 students in both public and private universities.

Universities across the country are set to miss out on billions of shillings they generate from privately sponsored students after all the available places were taken up by the 88,626 students who scored C+ and above during last year’s Form Four examination.

The universities are also set to lose more revenue as the government will be funding the universities based on the courses they offer and which could lead to institutions that offer mostly art related courses getting less funds.

REDUCED REVENUE

These developments have not been taken lightly by the institutions, which are now asking the government to increase funding while others are working on expanding the alternative revenue generation avenues.

Attempts to get figures of how much the universities will lose proved futile as none of them were willing to share the details, insisting that its confidential information.

However, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology vice-chancellor Mabel Imbuga recently said the decision will affect the revenues of universities across the country.

“We are going to lose money due to lack of students for module two,” Prof Imbuga said.

DEBT TO CUE
Already, the Commission for University Education has threatened to close institutions owing it hundreds of millions of shillings in quality control charges dating back to 2015.

At the moment, there are 70 universities with a total of 564,507 students and about two-thirds of these are self-sponsored in 35 public universities.

This year, Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service placed a total of 88,626 students in both public and private universities.

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