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MATIANG’I ORDERS CLOSURE OF PRESBYTERIAN UNIVERSITY

Acting education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i has revoked Presbyterian University’s licence following recommendations by the Commission on University Education (CUE).

Matiang’i has also directed CUE to start the process of winding up the school.

CUE had earlier recommended to the Education CS that the letter of interim authority awarded to the university in 2007 be cancelled as the institution lacks adequate resources to meet its obligations including staff salaries.

Presbyterian University has unpaid arrears on both salaries and allowances amounting to Sh611 million.

The university had defaulted on remittance of staff salaries, deduction to financial institutions, leading to some staff members being listed at credit reference bureau,” the report reads in part.

It’s been 10 years since Presbyterian University was issued with a letter of Interim Authority. The University act states the period should be 4 years with another 4 years granted by Education CS after consultations with CUE.

KEMU AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY FACE CLOSURE

CUE has also proposed the closure of the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) and Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) for a year to allow them to restructure their operations.

CUEA, Presbyterian University of East Africa and KeMU should stop engaging the service of consultants, particularly in the governance. The consultants reflect a creation of a new governance organ that has no legal basis and whose costs are sinking the institutions into more debts. KeMU was advised by its consultant to take Sh6 billion from a funding company in China but…it is in no position to pay the loan,” the report from the CUE further states.

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