The University of Nairobi’s (UoN) administration came out to clear the air on claims that the university is no longer admitting module II students, as earlier implied by the media.
The institution said that privately sponsored students, better known as module II or parallel students are not locked out from studying there and that the institution was only seeking to merge functions under the department of parallel finance to see that it cuts on costs.
The communication from the university came a day after the institution disbanded the department that handles parallel degree finances on Monday, 25th November.
The university announced that the department was disbanded after UoN’s acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Isaac Mbeche directed that it be disbanded and staff redeployed.
During the UoN council board meeting that reportedly took place on 19th November, the council’s chairperson, Prof Julia Ojiambo said that the council had come to an agreement that the department, Centre for Self-Sponsored Programmes (CESSP), be revoked.
Prof. Ojiambo explained that the disbandment of the department does not in any way mean that the university has suspended admission of module II student and that the admission of the said students will continue as it has always been.
In their reports, several media houses had interpreted the disbandment as the beginning of the journey to scrapping off parallel programmes.
The need to cut on the university expenditure, that most likely led to the disbandment of the parallel finance department was reached at after President Uhuru called on all Vice Chancellors of public universities to cut costs and have the National Treasury collect all the monies generated by all public universities, including the monies paid to the universities by students on parallel programme.