University crisis as lecturers air their grievances ahead of mass admissions
Major university crisis as lecturers air their grievances ahead of mass admissions in the next academic year.
Speaking to the media on Friday, October 7, university lecturers lamented that the government failed to meet some of their demands before implementing the 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school.
University deans grieved that the higher learning institutions are understaffed, with most of them depending on part-time lecturers to chip in academic work.
The lecturers stated,”The government came up with a 100 per cent policy from primary to secondary, and the students are about to transition to university, yet the institutions are relying on part-time lecturers.”
Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) secretary general, Constantine Wasonga expressed the same grievances saying that public universities are do not receive adequate funds.
Wasonga added that most universities will face a major crisis in admission of new students, since they can not cater for the ones that are already there.
UASU has called on president William Ruto, to allocate more funds to tertiary and higher learning to cater for learning of students and hire new lecturers.
UASU argued that mass recruitment should run in tandem with recruiting over 58,000 teachers in public primary and secondary schools this financial year.
The next academic year is expected to start on January 2023.
The resumption of the normal school calendar will be informed by the policy reviews that will be proposed by the Working Party Education Reforms constituted by Ruto to review the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Among the issues President Ruto wants to be addressed include teachers’ deployment and funding of institutions, salaries and other benefits.
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