Di­a­logue of­fers so­lu­tions to end­ing var­sity protests

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Most stu­dents’ un­rest in our uni­ver­si­ties are in­sti­gated by lack of di­a­logue between stu­dents and the var­sity man­age­ment. Last Tues­day, Kisii Uni­ver­sity was shut in­def­i­nitely af­ter stu­dents went on the ram­page over a new fee pay­ment sys­tem pro­posed by the man­age­ment. This is just an­other ex­am­ple of what has been hap­pen­ing in in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing across the coun­try: Lack of in­clu­sion in de­ci­sion­mak­ing.There have been com­plaints from stu­dents that their union lead­ers co­op­er­ate with the ad­min­is­tra­tion in pass­ing new rules with­out seek­ing their opin­ion or in­put. Uni­ver­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors must un­der­stand the im­por­tance of di­a­logue in man­age­ment. It helps in reach­ing con­sen­sus on press­ing is­sues and avoids un­nec­es­sary demos. Pass­ing reg­u­la­tions with­out tak­ing views from the tar­get group is likely to re­sult in vi­o­lence.

IN­NO­CENT TSALWA Kisii Uni­ver­sity

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