Three Kenyan universities now face closure over mismanagement

Matiang'i vowed to clamp down on all unchartered universities found violating rules

The Commission for University Education has recommended the revocation of the letter of interim authority issued to Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA).

It also called for a forensic financial audit of Kenya Methodist University and Catholic University of Eastern Africa in a  in a multi-agency report that has since been submitted to Acting Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

PUEA will be forced to wind up its activities should Mr Matiang'i approve the recommendation and gazette it.

The university that has been plagued with cash flow problems, was flagged due to poor facilities and inadequate teaching staff.

CUE on its part will have a responsibility to ensure that students at the university complete their studies or are transferred to other institutions.

The commission also recommended that Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service should stop placing government-sponsored students in the three universities.

The report pointed at blatant conflicts of interest between the church and the universities and gave them three months to address the problem.

“KeMU whose workforce, both academic and administrative, reported being intimidated and having no promotion and no voice because they were not unionised,” states the report which wants the issues addressed in three months.

It goes on: “That CUEA, PUEA and KeMU stop engaging the service of consultants particularly in the governance of the institutions.

The team visited the institutions in September and inspected them, specifically on governance, management, financial stability and students’ welfare.

In December, Matiang'i vowed to shut down all unchartered universities if found guilty of violating rules.

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