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Students protest University campus closure

25 January 2016, 22:25

Nairobi - Students of Kisii University have protested the closure of one of its campuses by the Higher Education Commision.

The students blocked traffic along the western Kenyan town's main streets and paralysed activities, chanting slogans against Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

The Daily Nation reports that the students marched to Governor James Ongwae’s office, demanding to be addressed by him but were disappointed to be told that he was in Nairobi.

The students are protesting following the directive by the Board to close down as many as 20 campuses across the country.

It is understood that the CS as well as Governor had planned to attend the meeting but failed to show up, which caused outrage among the students.

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The students, who were peaceful throughout, accused Matiang'i of trying to kill education in Kisii, The Standard reported.

Kisii University President Jeff Mitei who led the demonstrations called on the commission to stick to their mandate of orienting the Universities and not closing them down.

"The commission should highlight areas of correction and not punishing students and staff. They should give young universities time to grow. Funding to some of these Universities cannot even support staff. We need more funding to put up infrastructure," Mitei is quoted as saying.

The Commision of Higher Education announced earlier in the year that it had handed the University a 90 day period to close 10 of its 13 campuses.

Other Universities were also named in the list.

The move to close down the Campuses is aimed a ensuring that the standards of education in the country are streamlined.

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