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Universities Face Funding Crisis In Kenya

Universities Face Funding Crisis In Kenya

The state colleges in Kenya are currently facing a major funding problem, with debts totaling more than KES 60 billion (about $456 million). This situation results from a number of circumstances, including:

  1. Insufficient government support
    The government has stopped providing as much money to institutions in recent years.
  2. Rising Enrollment of Students

The number of students enrolled at Kenyan universities has significantly increased, placing a pressure on the country’s resources.

  1. A Reduction in Students in Parallel

As parallel students, who pay higher tuition than government-sponsored students, have fewer numbers, colleges’ revenue has decreased.

For Kenyan universities, this financing problem has had a number of negative effects, including:

  1. Staff Salaries Are Delayed

Many university employees have endured months-long delays in getting their salaries.

  1. Reduction in Educational Quality

Universities now find it difficult to maintain their facilities, employ and retain qualified faculty, and deliver high-quality instruction due to a lack of funds.

  1. A rise in the dropout rate:

Many students are dropping out of school early due to the exorbitant cost of a university degree.

Even while the government has started taking some steps to address the financial situation, more extensive measures are still required. Following are some ideas for resolving Kenya’s crisis in university funding:

Students Have Until October 7 to Submit Applications for University Funding

  1. More funding from the government

To ensure that universities can provide high-quality education, the government must increase the funding it provides to them.

  1. Multiple Streams of Income:

Universities should look towards varying their revenue streams, such as by securing more research funding and forming alliances with the private sector.

  1. Cost-cutting:

By increasing productivity and streamlining their operations, institutions should look for ways to lower their operational costs.

  1. Loans to Students:

Students from low-income families may find it easier to afford a university degree if a student loan scheme is implemented.

In order to come up with practical answers to Kenya’s urgent university funding crisis, the government, universities, and other stakeholders must work together.

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