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UoN expunges 30,000 students

This has reduced the number of students enrolled by 37 per cent

University of Nairobi (UoN) main campus

Over 30,000 students were deregistered by the University of Nairobi (UoN) as part of a clean-up process targeting inactive students who had overstayed their stay.

This translates to a 37.5 per cent reduction in student numbers, bringing enrolment to an eight-year low.

Deregistered students include those whose studentships have expired, those who have been expelled, and those who have failed to go to the next level for no apparent reason.

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We started that exercise mid last year and we took through Senate the names of those who have over-stayed, those who are not active and by the time we were closing the year in December, we had expunged slightly above 30,000,” UoN Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama told Business Daily.

We have to ensure that we have active students. If you have not been active then we remove you from our system so that we focus on those who have registered with us and are spending their time here,” he added.

Experts believe that the rise in inactive students, particularly among postgraduate students, is linked to fewer job chances in an economy plagued by layoffs.

It is deliberate and we said we have to remove you and then you have to make a commitment that you will follow through our programme so that we can keep you here.

Some students register, do one course then disappear but do not say where they have gone. We are combing through the system because we need to plan for the active students,” the VC explained.

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UoN’s Senate adopted student progression rules in August 2020, paving the way for the deregistration of individuals who failed to meet the deadlines.

Thousands of university students have postponed their studies due to a shortage of funds, as the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) struggles to provide loans due to reduced Treasury funding.

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