Rwanda will not close Kenyan Universities

Sunday August 6 2017

JKUAT has enrolled about 3,000 students for

JKUAT has enrolled about 3,000 students for undergraduate and post-graduate studies. PHOTO FILE | NATION 

By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA
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The government says it will not rush to close the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Kenyatta University campuses in Kigali.

This is despite an order by Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to the management of the colleges to shut down the campuses.

The Tanzania Commission of Universities recently barred the college’s campuses in Tanzania from enrolling new students due to concerns about unmet standards. Kenya followed that decision with an order for the campuses in Kigali and Tanzania to close.

The Rwanda Higher Education Council, says the order from Kenya came during an ongoing audit of the academic programmes of the two institutions for their accreditation.

The Higher Education Council executive director Emmanuel Muvunyi said any action on whether or not to close the campuses would be based on the outcome of the audit.
He said his office would soon announce the outcome of the accreditation process for the two campuses.

JKUAT, which has been enrolling students in Rwanda since 2012, suspended teaching in March after HEC ordered the campus to find more appropriate premises. Kenyatta University was just setting up and had not started teaching.

Wilson Cheruiyot, the director of JKUAT Kigali Campus, said there was no need to panic since there was no official communication about the closure of the campus.

“We are carrying on with our daily schedule as we await the accreditation process to be complete,” he said.

JKUAT was already teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate courses until March when they were told to relocate to more suitable premises.
Kenyatta University is yet to start enrolling students.

About 3,000 university students pursuing both post-graduate and undergraduate studies have been left stranded since the suspension of teaching at JKUAT.

According to Javan Kayonga, the students’ representative at JKUAT Kigali Campus, Nairobi was yet to communicate a final position on the fate of the Kigali campus.

However, he said officials assured him that students would not be affected if the campus was closed. Continuing students would be either transferred to Nairobi or placed in local universities to allow them to complete their studies.