Egerton University students protest exam fees

Egerton University students on Friday held demonstrations over new examination fees introduced by the administration.

The protests at the Njoro and Nakuru town campuses came barely a month after they reopened.

The students forced their colleagues out of lecture rooms and forced their way into administration block.

The demo turned violent when the administration failed to address the issue. The students claim that the university had imposed high fees on supplementary examinations.

Egerton University students protest exam fees

Egerton University students block the road outside the Njoro campus to protest new examinations fees on September 29, 2017. PHOTO | BENSON MATHEKA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Police used teargas to disperse the students.

At the Njoro campus, the students were forced to seek refuge in a mortuary to escape the wrath of anti-riot police, who were deployed to disperse them.

The student has blocked roads in Njoro town forcing businesses to close down before police were called to restore order.

COMPLAIN

Addressing journalists, student leader Cylus Makoha said they tried to solve the issue diplomatically with the administration without success.

“The amount being charged is too much for a student. We had spoken to the school administration, and had even written letters to complain against the same, but so far, they have done nothing to solve the situation,” he said.

Going by that principle, the least amount of money that a student would pay for any re-sit examination would be Sh3,500 for a single unit.

TIMETABLE

They said they were to pay Sh500 per unit for registration to re-sit examination and an extra Sh1,000 cumulative frequency for every unit.

“There is a lot of laxity from the administration. Whereas the examinations are supposed to begin next week, we still have no timetable,” said Ian Gatere, the student’s union Director Academics.

Mr Gatere also complained that not all students had received their results of the previous academic year, and therefore did not know how they performed.

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