Universities across the country are grappling with the challenge of upholding high-quality facilities to avoid loosing students. According to KUCCPS CEO Mercy Wahome, research has indicated that inadequate amenities, such as subpar hostels, contribute to students transferring from institutions.
Wahome emphasized the need for universities to establish and maintain certain standards, recognizing that students have the freedom to make their own choices.
“When we ask the students why they transfer, one of the reasons has been poor accommodation facilities…offer quality and you will retain the students.” She stated.
In conversations with multiple students, a prevailing sentiment emerged that many students prefer residing in external hostels due to privacy and cost considerations.
“After a couple of semesters in the campus hostel, I opted to rent outside the school. The lack of privacy and disturbances from roommates led me to this decision.” One student, who spoke on condition of anonymity , shared her experience.
Wahome reiterated that colleges and universities must ensure their infrastructure is in good shape before receiving the 2022 KCSE class in September.
She urged university administrations to ensure they have the necessary capacity to deliver the programs they intend to offer.
Wahome advised institutions to consider collaboration with the Ministry of Housing to enhance student hostels.
She believed this partnership could lead to significant improvements in accommodation facilities, a key factor in retaining students.
Meanwhile, universities contemplating tuition fee increases to cover accommodation and food costs were cautioned against doing so.
Universities found in violation of this agreement could face penalties, including the revocation of signed agreements.
Geoffrey Monari, CEO of the Universities Fund, disclosed that an agreement had been reached between the government and institutions to prevent fee hikes.
He disclosed that the government will avail both scholarships and loans for 130,485 students in public universities while 9,662 students in private universities will get loans only.