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Student leaders threaten to sue state over inadequate funding

03 July 2015, 11:04 Zayb Isa

Kericho - Student leaders from the recently chartered universities and constituent colleges are threatening to sue the Ministry of Education and CUE over poor funding.

Speaking to press in Kericho, the Constituent Colleges and Developing Universities Forum (CCDUF) Chairman, Alfred Chuchu said if the issue is not resolved, they will seek legal redress.

The students said they are not happy with the way the government is funding projects that can aid in real research and innovation as stipulated in the Universities standards and guidelines.

“The government has continuously increased allocation to our mother Universities while we’re left to struggle with inadequate facilities,” Chuchu said.

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“The students have limited sports facilities, counseling services, indoor games, worship places, health facilities and small student centers thus hindering student progress,” he added.

He said the universities have shown evidence of promoting quality research and innovation but due to poor funding, they do less compared to well established institutions in the country.

He said some of the County governments are not even supporting the institutions of higher learning in their counties, urgine local administrators to be proactive and investing in the institutions.

Chuchu, also Chairman University of Kabianga Student Council, said: “There is poor infrastructural facilities in many campuses; lecture rooms are small and inadequate, no auditoriums so we conduct our services in the sun.”

“We are concerned about this issues and if the government continues to neglect our pleas, we are moving to court in a months’ time to stop the government from establishing more Universities if they can’t fund the already existing ones,” Chuchu said.

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