Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has called upon university student leaders to voice their concerns about the increased tuition fees through peaceful demos.
In a tweet posted on Saturday, September 9, Owino emphasized that such action could alleviate the financial burden on parents and guardians.
“Student leaders across the country should come out and hold peaceful demonstrations to protect parents from paying heavy university fees hiked by the Government,” Babu said.
With the introduction of the new funding model, many students are worried about their ability to attend their preferred institutions.
Some students have expressed frustration, pointing out that certain institutions have raised fees despite government warnings.
The government cautioned institutions against fee hikes and threatened to impose penalties and revoke their signed Memoranda of Understanding.
Geoffrey Monari, CEO of the Universities Fund, remarked, “Universities have entered into agreements with us regarding the fees they charge. If they increase fees, these agreements will be nullified, and they will face consequences.”
Currently, 60 percent of the students placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) have applied for scholarships and loans.
However, 40 percent of the potential 265,000 students eligible for these benefits have yet to apply.
To ensure that all eligible students can access higher education, the Ministry of Education extended the application deadline to October 7 for those placed by KUCCPS.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu urged all eligible students to submit formal applications for scholarships and loans through the Higher Education Financing portal.