We won’t go 100km for ed­u­ca­tion, 500 stu­dents protest

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Kisii Univer­sity stu­dents and el­ders on Monday staged a march to de­mand the re­open­ing of the col­lege’s El­dama Ravine cam­pus. “We can­not ac­cept the clo­sure of the only in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing serv­ing our chil­dren,” Lem­bus elder Thomas Chel­ugo said.

The 500 stu­dents chanted an­tiJu­bilee slo­gans and car­ried plac­ards read­ing ‘We won’t walk 100km away to ac­quire ed­u­ca­tion’, ‘Give us time to com­ply,’ ‘CUE to re­view fate of Kisii univer­sity El­dama Ravine cam­pus.’

The Com­mis­sion of Univer­sity Ed­u­ca­tion closed the cam­pus and nine oth­ers on Monday last week af­ter a 10-month no­tice lapsed. Stu­dents were moved to the Kabar­net town cam­pus.

CUE says the cam­pus lacks so­cial ameni­ties, clean drink­ing wa­ter, ramps for the dis­abled, well-equipped li­braries and has small lec­ture rooms. Only the El­doret, Kapen­guria and Kabar­net cam­puses are still open.

“What cri­te­ria was used to close the col­lege when the ones in hard­ship ar­eas like Kapen­guria and Lod­war are still op­er­at­ing?” Kabar­net cam­pus di­rec­tor Joseph Kandie asked.

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