Laikipia University main campus closed down indefinitely
12 April 2016, 19:45
Laikipia - Laikipia University has been closed indefinitely after chaos rocked the institution and students went on the rampage over claims of non -registration of courses.
Several students’ sustained injuries during the encounter which saw police from Nyahururu police station engage the main campus students who had blocked the busy Nakuru- Nyahururu highway at Karuga shopping centre in running battles.
According to James Njogu a fourth year student at the institution, students taking Bio-chemistry and Bio-medicine science courses have not been registered with the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technology Commission on University Education prompting them to riot.
Njogu said that the university administration had been promising them to have the courses accredited since he joined the institution.
“It is too late now for the administration to have these courses accredited because even if they are accredited today, over 300 students will have to go back for four other years before they graduate,” said the student.
Ms Mary Wanjira, a third year student added that they had tried to engage the management about the issue in vain for a long time.
Contacted for comment, the Vice-chancellor Prof Francis Lelo told the NEWS 24 that the students became unruly and were demanding for a new programme which would be achieved after one year.
“This has got nothing to do with registration and recognition of the courses. What they are demanding is a new programme that takes a year to be effective,” he noted adding that the student had stormed out of a meeting called by the University senate to discuss the issue after they were incited by few students.
“They stormed out of the meeting were had called to discuss the whole matter and later started throwing stones destroying window panes and school buses windows. This prompted us to close down the institution,” he added.
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