Masinde Muliro University shut after students protest hiked fees

Masinde Muliro University (MMUST) main campus in Kakamega town has been closed indefinitely.

This is after students went on rampage for the past three days, protesting against increased examination fees.

The protests disrupted learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after students learnt that the senate had declined to review the fees and the newly introduced charges.

A memo from the University’s Senate directed students to leave the school premises, but however, the closure does not affect other campuses.

“It has been noted that the disruption of normal running of the university had persisted, students and lecturers have been ejected from lecture rooms for a third day and some university property has been destroyed by some groups of students,” said Acting Registrar in charge of Academic Affairs Caroline K. Onyancha.

“This goes against the university rules and regulations governing student discipline. The university senate has resolved to close the university to all undergraduate [students] in the main campus,” she added.

Students Governing Council say they have severally been writing to the Vice Chancellor Fred Otieno, Acting Registrar in charge of Academic Affairs Caroline Onyancha and the University Senate over the issue but they have instead, been receiving punishment threats on claims of inciting other students.

MMUST Students Secretary-General Daudi Kemboi and President Winnie Opiyo on Thursday said the university has increased examination fees from 1,200 to 4,200 without consulting students or student leaders.

Opiyo said the students can not afford to pay new fees amounting to Sh29,500 per semester.

The students are also protesting against the introduction of Sh3,000 fees for library services and Sh5,000 for ICT.

They are now calling-on top Education Ministry officials to intervene.

The closure comes five months after the institution was closed when students went on rampage, after the school barred students who had not cleared school fees, from sitting for their exams.

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