In Summary
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Nairobi and Maasai Mara University are among the institutions that registered first year students biometrically in compliance with a directive from the government last year.

  • The move to register students biometrically was due to terror threats after it emerged that university students were easy targets of terror networks.

It will now be easier to identify students in universities after a number of the institutions rolled out a biometric registration of the learners this month.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Nairobi and Maasai Mara University are among the institutions that registered first year students biometrically in compliance with a directive from the government last year.

Some 88,626 students were placed in 59 universities. A total of 71,089 students joined 31 public universities while 17,368 others have joined private institutions.

The institutions admitted the students last week for the start of their academic year.

Most universities cited cost implications for the delay in the implementation of the directive.

TERROR THREATS

The move to register students biometrically was due to terror threats after it emerged that university students were easy targets of terror networks.

University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Peter Mbithi said new students had been registered biometrically. However, Prof Mbithi did not disclose the cost implication.

Moi University Vice-Chancellor Laban Ayiro said the institution had put in place modalities to register the students biometrically. “The launch will be held next week through a local bank,” said Prof Ayiro.

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