Earlier today, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology students gathered at the gate to demonstrate what they term as unfair increase in the tuition fee. This came after a memo made rounds in the university Whatsapp groups. This prompted the Jkuat students to prepared for the racing game with police officers. The strike is heading towards. The students have made a decision to after the VCs pushed for a hike in the University tuition fee. Treasury Cabinet Secretary however approved the tripling of the university tuition fee which will see the fee rise from 16,000 to 48,000. In addition to this, the Higher Education Loans Board is set to lower the amount of money the students receive to finance their studies.
The parents who have their sons and daughters pursuing higher education will now be forced to dig deeper into their pockets to finance their children's studies and stay in the university. The hike in the university fee will also force majority of students from humble families to terminate their studies. In addition to this, many students will lack access to the higher education after completing their form four due to high cost of accessing education.
This decision by the Jkuat students comes a couple of days after Karatina University was closed after students took to a fierce demonstration after what they termed as unfair treatment by the university administration. This resulted to the closure of the institution.
Elsewhere Nairobi University students today blocked the University Way roundabout in the Nairobi CBD. The students were seen carrying placards as they protested over the planned fee increase. The students also condemned the plans to reduce the amount of loan issued by HELB.(Photos/Courtesy: past demonstrations of UoN Students)
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