Vice Chancellors of Private universities are now calling for a review of the new Higher Education Funding Model.
In a statement released on Friday at Kabarak University, the more than 20 Vice Chancellors criticized the new funding scheme as being biased toward private university students.
The VCs complained that the model is unfair because private school students will only receive partial support while those in public institutions will receive full financial support from the government.
Stephen Mbugua, the Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of East Africa, requested President William Ruto to reconsider the funding paradigm.
“To the President, reconsider this decision so that those who come to the private universities can access the scholarships because we have very poor students who choose to come to private universities,” Mbugua said.
The Vice Chancellor of Management University of Kenya, Washington Okeyo, insisted that the previous funding system was not discriminatory.
The goal of the new funding model was to ensure that students with financial challenges would not be expected to contribute to the operating costs of colleges and universities.
The government has divided students in need into four categories: the vulnerable, extremely needy, needy, and less needy.
Students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds would receive total funding under the new plan unveiled by Ruto on May 3.
The government will pay for 93% of the cost of university tuition for low-income and middle-income students, with families contributing only 7%.
Students at universities and TVET colleges in Kenya who have been placed by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) are eligible for financial support.
Scholarships will only be available to public university students, whereas HELB will be available to private university students.