Former Kenya National Union Of Teachers secretary-general Wilson Sossion, has warned over government's plans to privatise some public Universities which can no longer fund their operations due to financial constraints.
The former KNUT boss claimed that such moves could be away of handing over such institutions to certain individuals who are determined to take control of top government institutions. Sossion claimed that there has never been honesty in privatisation of government firms in Kenya.
According to him, the only way to get the institutions out of the financial crisis is what the current Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu is doing. He argued that the institutions only need increased number of students being admitted for courses.
He explained that atleast 30% of students sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations should join universities, through this, the institutions would be having enough resources as students would be paying schools fees especially those admitted under parallel or self sponsored programs.
Sossion claimed that the mess being witnessed in the Universities was caused by former Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi who came up with strict measures that limited chances of students to join these institutions, this way, the Universities ended up admitting very few students.
Former Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-general Wilson Sossion in a past address. Photo credits: Courtesy.
"A minister who was Mr. Right (reffering to former Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi) came and damaged the transition to universities. That's why we are in this mess. The only way to revive universities is what Ezekiel Machogu has been doing at the ministry." The former KNUT boss said during an exclusive interview with a local Television Channel.
His remarks come days after Trade, investment, and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria revealed plans to privatise some public Universities which are suffering financially.
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