Out of these, a total of 17,368 will join private universities while 71,089 will join public institutions starting September.

Public universities have spent massive resources, most of it borrowed, to set up hundreds of satellite campuses to cater for the demand for higher education, which has been surging each year.

In addition, they have hired hundreds of part-time lecturers to teach parallel programmes, which means that a majority of their jobs are at risk.

Universities Funding Board chairman Kiragu Muragu said the differentiated unit cost will be applied starting July.

University of Nairobi’s director of communication John Orindi said the phasing out of parallel programmes will affect universities.

But he said UoN has not yet been affected by the development.

A study titled Outlook of Higher Education Sector in Kenya sponsored by Madison Insurance and carried out by Breakthrough Consulting, revealed that a majority of universities, both public and private, admit more students in arts and humanities programmes compared to sciences.

However, Vice-Chancellors Committee chairman Francis Aduol said the admission of all students who scored C+ and above marked the end of parallel degree programmes in universities.

“This year there will be no module two students, it will have to transform or die but it has to die and I will be happy,” Prof Aduol said.

He went on: “It should be the right thing and our objective should be that all students should go to universities and get government sponsorship.”

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