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House Committee decries underfunding in public universities

11 August 2014, 10:34 Chepkwony Robert

Nakuru - Parliamentary Committee on Education has raised concern over high discrepancies in funding of public institutions of higher learning.

Speaking after a familiarisation tour of Egerton University Njoro on Friday, the committee under the leadership of Vice-chairman Julius Melly said that there was need to harmonise funding in institutions of higher learning.

The committee took issues with the high number of stalled projects in the university since 1990.

Melly, who is also the legislator for Tinderet Constituency said that increased funding for public universities would ensure smooth running of operations.

On her part, Siaya Women Representative Dr. Christine Oduor Ombaka noted that Egerton and Maseno Universities were the least funded according to statistics dating four years back.

Igembe North MP Joseph M’Irwaki indicated that for Kenya to attain food security, there was need to fund Egerton in its quest to produce qualified personnel in Agriculture; a mission he said would only be attained through increased funding.

Molo MP, Jacob Macharia said that the University has numerous projects which require one billion shillings for completion.

“For the last six years, Egerton University received KES 341 million compared to Kenyatta University which got KES 4.6 billion,” said Macharia.

In the 2014/2015 financial year, Egerton University got a funding of KES 41 million yet they had requested for KES 1 billion funding.

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