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Magoha: I do not believe that Kenyans are poor, University Fee Should Be Ksh 100K

Magoha: I do not believe that Kenyans are poor, University Fee Should Be Ksh 100K

Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has insisted that Kenyans are not poor and can thus afford university tuition of up to Ksh100,000 per year.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Chuka University on Friday, October 14, the CS insisted on a review of the current tuition fees paid to universities.

He contended that the recommended fee of Ksh16,000 was no longer feasible 30 years after its inception.

He claimed that the meager sum was one of the factors contributing to financial constraints in tertiary institutions.

“I do not believe Kenyans are poor; the funding board is struggling to find a model that will fund only those in need.”

“I do not believe that Kenyans are poor, the funding board has a big problem of identifying a model which will fund only those who are in need”

The Ksh16,000 was introduced over 30 years ago, so let us be realistic. “The value of Ksh16,000 at the time is now approximately Ksh100,000 (based on inflation rates),” Magoha stated.

The tough-talking CS stated that while vice-chancellors were aware of the financial gap, they were hesitant to discuss it with students and parents because the issue had always been politicized.

“In my three years, I have not seen a vice chancellor engage students to move the fees from Ksh16,000 to Ksh30,000 because you cannot bulldoze it to Ksh48,000. But the students themselves are the most unrealistic.

“When I was first employed as a lecturer, my salary was Ksh6,000. All lecturers can agree that that is not what they want today. Can we get a life as Kenyans and be serious about protecting our investment?” Magoha posed.

The CS advised universities to diversify their sources of income and not to expect additional government funding.

He said the government is no longer providing funding, but it is already spending 25.9% of the national budget on the same.


As a result, the CS directed universities to seek academic research funding in order to diversify their funding sources and reduce their reliance on the national government.

Magoha: I do not believe that Kenyans are poor, University Fee Should Be Ksh 100K

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