Legislators question criteria used to place student in universities

Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 05:11 | By
Kenyatta University students
Kenyatta University students at the campus. PHOTO/Gerald Ithana.

Questions have now emerged over the criteria used by the Commission for University Education (CUE) to place students to various universities after Members of Parliament (MPs) heard that some of the institutions were allocated more students for the September intake yet they have no capacity to accommodate them.

Documents tabled before MPs who sit before the departmental committee on education shows that Kisii university got the highest allocation of 16,000 students which is almost double the allocation of University of Nairobi of 8,604 students, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 8,903 and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology 8,724

Others are Kenyatta University got 10,211 students, Maseno University 10,821, Karatina University 9,180, Moi University 8,646 Maasai Mara University 8,490, Chuka University 8270 Tom Mboya University 7,536, University of Eldoret 7,228, Egerton University 7,400, Pwani University 7,000.

Those with lowest include Kenyatta University -Mama Ngina University College 1,174 students, Alupe University 1420, Technical University of Kenya 2,088 and Koitaleel Samoei University College 1,646.

On the other hand, in private universities, Mount Kenya University got the highest allocation of 6,103 students, followed by Kenya College of Accountancy University 5,911, Zetech University 4140, Daystar University 3746 and Catholic University of Eastern Africa 3556.

MPs who sit in the committee for education chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly took to task officials of CUE led by Senior Assistant Commission Secretary Marcella Mwaka for allowing universities to admit more students yet they have no capacity and infrastructure to educate them.a

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