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COVID-19: Egerton University to sack 400 employees

The Egerton University has become the latest institution to lay off staff as it plans to sack at least 400 employees.

In a statement, the learning institution cited financial instability brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The university proposed to retrench the staff to ease the payroll burden by KSh 38.7 million per month.

The decision has been approved by the university council.

The vice chancellor Prof Rose Mwoya said the university has requested the government to consider providing KSh 589.7 million to finance the exercise.

She noted that the university will only pay full salaries if the government consider their request.

“From January 2021, we expect that we will be able to start paying outstanding salaries accruing since April 2020, starting with those who are retiring or leaving services for whatever reason,” she said.

Last month, Education CS Prof George Magoha advised vice-chancellors to plan on how to relieve non-core and excess staff of their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

“If VCs and councils decide to create more management positions, there will be financial implications which may not be necessary. They must consult the Treasury and assure the government it is viable and sustainable,” he said.

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Adding that;

“This idea of employment without consulting the government has to stop. You must have the right size of staff because the government is like God. It helps those who help themselves.”

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