Egerton University closed indefinitely over financial constraints

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 27 Nov, 2021 11:41 | < 1 min read
Egerton University closed indefinitely. PHOTO/COURTESY

Egerton University was on Friday, November 26 closed indefinitely due to financial constraints.

In mamo signed by the Registrar of Academic Affairs, the university administration said that it opted to indefinitely close down the institution due to the ongoing lecturers' strike.

The memo revealed that the decision to shut the university was reached after a meeting by the institution’s Senate which was held on Thursday, November 25.

“Following the strike by university teaching staff which has disrupted learning in the institution, the Senate at its 533rd meeting held on Thursday, November 25, resolved to close the university with immediate effect until further notice,” the memo read in part.

The Senate also deliberated that the students who are in session to leave the university's premises by next week Tuesday, November 30.

The students were, however, asked to keep an eye on the university's social media platforms and websites so that they get updates on the closure of the institution while at home.

The university's staff members are protesting the move by the institution's management to slash their salaries without their consent.

They told the media that they decided to go on strike after the University's top management declined their quest to have a meeting and address the matter.

“There has been high-handedness and dictatorial tendencies by a leadership that does not accommodate other people’s divergent opinions. Nobody should have the monopoly of ideas in running public institutions,” Prof Mwaniki Ngari who is the UASU Egerton chairman said.

The move to shut down Egerton University comes weeks after Moi University was also shut down.

Moi University Students were asked to go home due to the strike staged by the institution's staff members who are decrying salary delays paralysed learning in the institution.

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