KNUT calls for review of new varsity funding model

KNUT officials in the North Rift address the press. The new Universities Funding Model continues to elicit mixed reaction, with the Kenya National Union of Teachers calling for its review.

The new Universities Funding Model continues to elicit mixed reaction, with the Kenya National Union of Teachers calling for its review.

Koibatek Branch Secretary Francis Bundotich listed issues he termed unclear, which include identification of deserving students and the amount to be allocated.

Speaking in the area, he observed that identification structures have not been put so far, expressing fear deserving students could be locked out.

“Some of the challenges in the new model include identification of the deserving students. The model is costly and we appeal for its urgent review,” said Bundotich.

Bundotich also wants further consultations carried out, claiming the model is costly and favors students in public Universities, and makes students overly dependent on loans.

The Kenya National Association of Parents’ Bomet Chapter chairman Stephen Koskey appealed for the realignment of university programmes, saying the high cost of university education and rate of unemployment in the country could trigger a resistance in the future.

Koskey, who is also a member of the Health Insurance Fund taskforce, further urged the government to be proactive as far as matters education are concerned.

“The model favours students in public universities and as an association, we are worried that the model will lock out many students. We also urge the university Senates and boards to realign their programmes to fit the needs of Kenyans,” stated Koskey.

Marakwet East KUPPET chairman on his part wants the cost of education addressed, noting that insecurity has remained a major threat to education in the region.

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