University of Nairobi popularly known as UoN has raised eyebrows after raising the accomodation fee for students 7 times higher the previous charges.
The announcement comes as a sting to the already pressured learners after the institution revised its tuition fee upwards. With the new development, students living in single rooms will pay around Ksh21,525 per semester up from Ksh3,150.
Those living in rooms sharable between four occupants will cough out Kh15,120, up from Ksh2,730. New comers alias 'freshers' set to start reporting to the public university from today (Monday) will pay Ksh19,635 for a room shared by two per semester up from the Ksh2,835.
The new freshers' fees come weeks after the institution more than doubled fees for postgraduate courses and parallel degrees to ease a cash crunch that has seen it default on payment of statutory deductions.
The students led by their leaders have however threatened to stage demos over the increased charges. "First years applying for the rooms have been told to pay Ksh144 per day for the single rooms and Ksh187 per day for the rooms shared by four. We will demonstrate on Monday to disrupt admissions," stated an anonymous student.
UoN in July hiked fees more than double for government-sponsored and parallel students and those pursuing Masters to ease a cash crunch caused by a dip in student enrolment.
New undergraduate government-sponsored students pursuing medicine will now pay Ksh59,000, up from Ksh26,500, a 123% rise. They will pay Ksh54,000 in their second year.
Self-sponsored students taking the same course will pay Ksh640,000, up from Ksh445,000. Students studying Master’s programmes like communication and business administration (MBA) will pay upto Ksh680, 000 for a two-year programme from an average of Ksh275, 000, indicating 147% increment.
The fees for degree courses in commerce, economics, and law under the self-sponsored programme have been increased by up to 70% to about Ksh1 million for the entire course.
In response to the increased charges' uproars, Vice Chancellor Stephen Kiama stated how UoN owed Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Ksh7.2 billion, indicating the institution's financial struggles.
The institution is struggling to honour obligations such as payroll taxes, retirement benefits and insurance premiums for employees.
At the same time, the institution has also suffered financial crunch occasioned by the under-funding given the declining number of students scoring C+ (plus) and above, which is the requirement for government-sponsored learners.
Self-sponsored learners have for years kept the universities afloat given the billions they pay as fees.
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