Leading university shuts down campuses,sacks its staff

The university is in a "restructuring process aimed at enhancing effectiveness and competitiveness."

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The ongoing staff retrenchment seems to not only have affected banks and other corporate firms but also educational institutions as well.

This is after the Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) shut down three campuses and sent home over 150 employees.

The campuses closed are those in Kisii, Nyeri and Nakuru counties with students affected expected to be taken back to the main campus in Meru.

According to a letter signed by the Vice Chancellor Prof Henry Kiriamiti, the university is in a restructuring process aimed at enhancing effectiveness and competitiveness.

It is not yet clear why the satellite campuses were shut down though the institution cited dynamics affecting the education sector in the entire Kenyan economy as a contributing factor.

Furthermore, the university’s 17 graduation ceremony that was slated for July 22 to October 14 has been postponed.

This is not the first time that the campus is facing reorganization issues.

Two years ago, the university slashed staff allowances by up to 30 per cent due to financial difficulties.

In 2012, former Vice Chancellor Mutuma Mugambi, who was sacked together with five managers, sued the university for Sh161 million citing failure to follow due process when his contract was terminated five years earlier.

KeMU has campuses Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri, Kisii, Maua and Marimantii.

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