The University of Nairobi lecturers have opposed the move by the University’s council board to scrap off the Department of Finance of parallel degree programs.
The lecturers said that they did not know about the council’s decision as they had not been informed or consulted over the same.
According to them, the decision to disband the department was unilateral and unfair since their interests were not taken care of as lecturers who teach and examine the Module II students.
Led by the chairperson of the Nairobi chapter of the Universities Academic Staff Union, Dr. Richard Bosire, the lecturers said that the department owed them money and that they were worried they may not get the money owed to them.
“Before disbandment, the university should have thought of bringing in an alternative authority to take care of our interests. The department owed us close to a billion shillings which is still unpaid as it stands,” said Dr. Bosire.
Dr. Bosire explained that 30 percent of the revenue sourced from privately sponsored students was usually dedicated to lecturers’ allowances before it was slashed to 20 percent in 2014 to enable the construction of the University of Nairobi Towers.
The parallel program, from where the university sources its largest share of revenue, was shaken in 2017 when the then Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that universities admit students who score C+ and above on government scholarship.
UoN’s acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Isaac Mbeche issued a memo on 25th November concerning the disbandment of the Centre for Self-Sponsored Programmes (CESSP) following President Uhuru’s call on austerity measures.
In the notice, it was said that the department would be used for banking services and the affected staff were to be redeployed to mainstream services of the university.
Module II students were however directed to continue paying their fees to the bank accounts that were operated by the disbanded department.