Magoha, Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary proposes University fees be increased up to Ksh100,000 insisting Kenyans aren’t Poor.
The CS Magoha maintained that a review of the current tuition fees paid to institutions was required in his remarks on Friday, October 14, during a graduation ceremony at Chuka University.
He stated that 30 years after its implementation, the Ksh16,000 recommended fee was no longer feasible.
He asserted that one of the major elements to the financial limitations in tertiary schools was the meager amount.
“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 created over 30 years ago, and please, let us be realistic. The value of Ksh16,000 at the time is about Ksh100,000 today (as per inflation rates),” Magoha stated.
The Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary opined that while vice-chancellors were aware of the financial gap, they were afraid of addressing the same with the learners and parents as the issue has 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 Magoha advised institutions to diversify their revenue streams and not count on additional government support.
He said: “The government is no longer providing financing, but it is already spending 25.9% of the national budget on the same.”
The CS instructed universities to use academic research money to increase their source of income and lessen their reliance on the national govt.