The Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) management has immediately suspended the invoicing of the practical, laboratory, and workshop fees following protest from students in the department of applied sciences and engineering for an alleged increase in fee.
TUM Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar on Monday evening announced in an internal memo that the fee increment has been put on hold to allow for further consultation.
“I am clarifying that we are suspending the invoicing of the practical, laboratory, and workshop fees with immediate effect,” she stated.
During the mid-morning chaos, a fire broke out at the Students Centre, which houses several businesses, including a fast-food restaurant.
“I urge all students to remain calm and avoid actions that could jeopardize their studies. As students, it is expected of you to contribute to a safe and healthy learning environment. This is of utmost importance and should not be compromised,” she emphasized.
An insider revealed that students who were cooking left the gas cylinders unattended, resulting in the burning down of property of unknown value.
Mombasa fire brigades were called to extinguish the fire.
Several students who spoke to the media stated that they were demonstrating against an increase in fees of up to Sh6,500 in the department of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
“We were protesting against the additional fees being imposed. Some of us discovered that we were charged an extra Sh6,000, while others were charged Sh3,000 or Sh6,500,” a student from the institution stated
In February 2023, the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) proposed a revision of university fees from Ksh16,000 to Ksh48,000 per semester.