Cash strapped Moi University is set to resume learning next week on Monday 8, 2021 following deliberation by the university management.
In a memo by the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Research and Extension, Isaac Kimengi, said lectures will commence on November 8.
“At its special meeting on Wednesday 3rd November 2021, Senate resolved that teaching and learning activities resume. Subsequently, students are advised that lectures will commence on Monday 8th November 2021,” said Kimengi said.
The University was on October 27, 2021, closed indefinitely with students ordered to vacate the university premises.
“At its special meeting, held on Wednesday 27th October 2021, Senate resolved to suspend teaching and learning activities at Main Campus indefinitely due to the industrial action by the University Staff which has affected University operations. Subsequently, students at the Main Campus are directed to vacate the hostels and leave University premises by 12.00 Noon on Thursday 28th October 2021,” part of the memo read.
The staff raised issues such as delayed pay as well as delayed review and promotion of staff among causes for the go slow.
They also stated that the institution lacks proper equipment and basic resources to enable a healthy teaching environment.
The lecturers claimed that all members of the teaching staff had not been paid since July 2021.
“Just like the lecturers, the university’s farmworkers are also demanding the university to pay them their salaries that have accumulated for 13 months,” a unionist at the institution told the media.
The lecturers vowed to never go back to class until they are paid their salaries in full.
They said that there have on several occasions tried to seek an audience with the University’s Vice-Chancellor Isaac Sanga Kosgey over the matters, but all have been in vain.
The lecturers blamed the University’s top management for their woes.