Education Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i has directed public universities in the country to stop hiring staff on permanent and pensionable terms with immediate effect saying new staff will sign contracts from January next year.
Speaking Wednesday at a forum on the review of the growth and development of public universities at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies Dr.Matiang’i said the move is aimed at improving service delivery as well as addressing over staffing and redundancy.
Matiang’i further stopped the opening of satellite campuses across the country and urged stakeholders to re-examine how public universities in Kenya are run.
The CS said that satellite campuses were watering down the quality of the education given.
The CS further stopped the establishment of campuses outside the country.
Already Kenyatta and Egerton University have stopped their academic operations in Uganda.
The CS told the forum that all financial matters in public universities will be addressed by a universities funding board that shall be in charge of channeling finances to all the public universities. He said that his ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders will be conducting financial audit in all public universities.
The forum brought together Vice chancellors from Public Universities.
Meanwhile, UASU National Secretary General Constantine Wasonga says the lectures strike is still on.
Wasonga said they will soldier on with the strike until the national government honors the enhanced basic salary and house allowance contained in the 2013/2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Speaking at the Tom Mboya labour college in Kisumu where the union was sensitizing its officials on procedures of negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements, Wasonga said the union’s governing council had resolved to continue with the nationwide strike across all the 31 Public universities.
He said they have already furnished the University Councils with their demands which also include the commencement of the 2017-2021 CBA which he says is way behind schedule.
The strike in its fourth week now, is the third by the University dons this year. The industrial action will further disrupt the academic calendar of the more than 500,000 students in public universities.
The past two strikes took more than 55 days each.