Story courtesy of standardmedia.co.ke
Crackdown to weed out learners who have overstayed in public universities has kicked off, with the University of Nairobi taking the lead in the exercise that targets 32,000 students.
Deregistration and termination of courses for learners who have overstayed in the institution beyond the required time will start today. “This is to inform all students and staff that pursuant to Section 2.7.2 of the guidelines, the university shall commence the process of deregistration of various categories of students on March 22,” reads the memo.
According to The standard Newspaper, the details are contained in a March 8th memo by Julius Ogeng’o, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs. To enforce the directive, the UoN Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama transferred all student affairs matters to the DVC in charge of Academic Affairs. “The management has taken note of the fact that the functions of Students Affairs continued to run efficiently under the office of DVC (Academic Affairs), who is also the custodian of the student’s records,” said Prof Kiama in a March 3 memo to staff.
The UON VC said that UoN would scrutinise students’ roll and use details to make informed decisions. The VC said development of the Students’ Progression and Deregistration guidelines was part of the larger reforms the university was instituting to enhance accountability and transparency.
UoN becomes the first university to start the purge after the Universities Fund raised the red flag on the high number of this category of learners. The Universities Fund mandated to develop transparent and fair criteria for allocation of funds to universities, blocked plans to spend Sh5.5 billion to sponsor some 32,000 learners who had overstayed.
Also targeted are students with unexplained failure to transit to the subsequent level and those who interrupted their studentship by temporary withdrawal, deferment, or suspension, said Prof Ogeng’o. Section 2.7 of the University of Nairobi guidelines provides for termination of students’ progression and deregistration by expulsion or discontinuation.