In Summary

  • Under the new formula, known as Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC), universities will also be allocated funds on the basis of their programmes instead of the number of enrolled students.

  • University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga warned that the policy will have a negative effect on staff and students.

Lecturers want more consultation before the rollout of a programme that will lead to their salaries being based on the courses they teach in July.

Under the new formula, known as Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC), universities will also be allocated funds on the basis of their programmes instead of the number of enrolled students.

University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Secretary-General Constantine Wasonga warned that the policy will have a negative effect on staff and students.

“Uasu calls upon the government and Parliament to defer its implementation pending public and stakeholder participation,” said Dr Wasonga. “The DUC policy has not been made known to all the stakeholders — including academic staff, students, parents and the public.”

Uasu joins the University of Nairobi in questioning the policy.

“The implementation of differentiated unit cost, leading to negative impact on the university budget, has been carried out without the university’s direct involvement and participation, contrary to what was agreed,” said the university in a memorandum to Parliament’s committee on Education and also that of Budget and Appropriation.

It added: “Further, the data applied in computing the UoN budgetary allocations did not have university’s input”.

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