Magoha Suspends UoN Fees Hike

University Education PS Simon Nabukwesi had ordered all institutions to cease their plan of shooting up fees until 2022.

Magoha Suspends UoN Fees Hike

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and the Ministry of Education have moved to block all universities from hiking fees following a meeting with stakeholders.

University Education PS Simon Nabukwesi had ordered all institutions to cease their plan of shooting up fees until 2022. He also refuted reports that universities, including the University of Nairobi, had increased fees. 

The former Friends School Kamusinga principal argued that UoN's plan which led to uproar was only internal and the ministry did not authorise nor support the plan.

Entrance to University of Nairobi. /FILE

"This is a lie because no one has sanctioned such a move to increase fees across the board. Whatever is happening at the University of Nairobi is internal," Nabukwesi disowned UoN's fee hike. 

It was unanimously agreed that any fee hike be suspended until further notice and we do not expect any further calls from the universities," the PS added. 

UoN Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama, three VCs from private universities, officials drawn from National Assembly Education Committee, Universities Funding Board and the National Treasury attended the stakeholder's meeting

"Any fee hike move would be done in full concurrence of all players, including parents," Nabukwesi directed.

Three UoN student leaders were arrested on Wednesday, July 14 for taking part in protests against the saga surrounding the increase in fees.

The trio was taken to Central Police Station where they were detained. The arrests came after the student leaders gave the administration 48 hours to reverse the proposed hike.

KMPDU leaders had joined UoN medical students in the demonstrations led by their Secretary-General, which they termed as peaceful and were against the proposed fee increment.

The move was prompted by the reduced number of students that have applied to join the university, which in turn has had an adverse effect on its workforce.

Communications and MBA courses were among the most affected as students would have had to pay more than Ksh600,000 for a program of two years. Before, students paid Ksh275,000, a then indication of the 118 percent increase in fees.

To pursue medicine at UoN, a student was expected to part with Ksh3.8 million for the five-year course.

For law students, they would have had to pay Ksh1,020,000 from Ksh715,500. Engineering would charge an average of Ksh2.1 million from about the initial figure of Ksh1 million.

KMPDU leaders joining UoN medical students in protest against the hike in fees at the institution on July 14, 2021. /TWITTER