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Lecturers will be laid off as the University of Nairobi discontinues more courses.

Lecturers will be laid off as the University of Nairobi discontinues more courses.

Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama stated that the university will limit hiring to critical departments and cut more courses from the current 324, with a greater emphasis on engineering, medicine, and information technology.

The changes are intended to alleviate the university’s cash-flow issues, which have caused it to default on statutory deductions.

Because of the drastic reduction in course offerings, the university may be forced to lay off some lecturers and non-teaching staff.

Uon To Scrap Some Degree Courses
Uon To Scrap Some Degree Courses

The University of Nairobi has announced a new plan to cut courses a year after cancelling more than 250 units, implying layoffs of lecturers amid the institution’s cash crunch.

Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama stated that the university will limit hiring to critical departments and cut more courses from the current 324, with a greater emphasis on engineering, medicine, and information technology.

He did not reveal the courses that would be cut as part of a plan to cut operational costs. Following the closure of eight colleges last year, the UoN’s staff is estimated to be 4,000.

The moves are intended to alleviate the university’s cash-flow problems, which have resulted in it defaulting on statutory deductions such as Pay As You Earn (PAYE), NHIF, NSSF, and payment of insurance premiums for its staff, with debts exceeding Sh34 billion.

“We used to offer over 500 courses, but we reduced that to 300, and we can still lower them.” “The Senate is engaging to see which ones we can continue to downsize so that we can focus on where we have a competitive advantage as a university,” Prof Kiama told Business Daily.

“We can’t just do what everyone else is doing; we have to stick to what we know we’re the best at.”

Because of the drastic reduction in course offerings, the university may be forced to lay off some lecturers and non-teaching staff.

“The university has decided to take drastic cost-cutting measures in order to keep the University of Nairobi on the Kenyan map. We must make every effort to live as close to our means and improve our revenue as possible.,” added  Prof Kiama.

He revealed that the university will only hire for critical departments where current employees cannot be retrained to replace those who retire or leave due to health reasons.

Plans to further reduce course offerings come less than a year after the UoN eliminated 255 courses, bringing the total to 579.

Despite the university allocating funds for the courses, the institution stated that the cancelled courses admitted fewer students and that some did not have applicants.

Prof Kiama also stated that, despite the university’s decision to reduce the number of courses last year, the university is incurring more costs than it generates by offering the degrees.

UoN reduced the number of courses by closing eight colleges, reducing faculty functions from 35 to 11, closing offices, merging functions, and eliminating positions and creating new posts in avoidance of duplication.

Furthermore, all positions of principals and their deputies were eliminated, and roles were reorganized under the new executive and associate dean positions.

UoN had a deficit of Sh2.17 billion in the fiscal year ending June, up from Sh1.62 billion the previous year.

OTHER NEWS ;

Falling student enrollment, mismanagement, and low State funding have all contributed to public universities’ severe financial difficulties.

The student population at UoN fell from 70,515 in 2019 to 58,488 in the fiscal year ending in June of last year, resulting in lower fees revenues.

The failure of the University of Nairobi to remit statutory deductions such as pensions and tax has prompted the Kenya Revenue Authority to issue warnings, raising concerns about asset seizures.

To alleviate a cash crunch caused by the recession, the university more than doubled fees for postgraduate courses and parallel degrees.

The institution is said to expect reformations that will cut costs and make them financially stable.

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