The University of Nairobi (UoN) has deregistered 30,000 inactive students.
In an interview with Business Daily, UoN vice-chancellor Kiama Gitahi said the institution deregistered the said students to facilitate the admission of new students.
The deregistered students include those on suspension, those who differed and those who had temporarily withdrawn from studies.
“We have to ensure that we have active students. If you have not been active, then we remove you from our system so that we focus on those who have registered with us and are spending their time here,” he said.
Kiama said they had deregistered about 50,000 students but they gave students a chance for readmission.
“We started that exercise mid last year and we took through Senate the names of those who have over-stayed, those who are not active and by the time we were closing the year in December, we had expunged slightly above 30,000,” Kiama added.
This comes at a time when the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) has struggled to offer loans amid reduced allocation from the Treasury.
HELB said first-year students who joined public universities in September, will have to wait till the Treasury offers it Sh3 billion for initial disbursement.
This means that the first-year students will have to find alternative means of paying for their tuition, accommodation and upkeep as they await government funding.
The agency funds needy students to the tune of between Sh35,000 and Sh60,000 per year, based on their economic background.
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