The University of Nairobi has suspended self-sponsored programmes with immediate effect following low number of applicants.
The decision was arrived in a meeting held at the university on November 19, 2019 in which the establishment and functions of the Centre for Self-Sponsored Programmes (CESSP) were deliberated.
According to Prof. Ojiambo, the Council hence resolved to revoke Statute XXXV under which CESSP is established noting that the decision “does not, in any way, hamper the operations of the university.”
“All staff under the Centre for Self-Sponsored Programmes (CESSP) will be humanely re-deployed into the mainstream services of the University and be assigned duties and responsibilities in line with their training,” reads the letter.
The University’s decision means that in the next intake which will be in January, not even a single student will be admitted in self-sponsored program. It also means that the number of lecturers will reduce drastically as most of them were recruited to handle the large number of students who enrolled for parallel program.
Ever since the government started admitting students with grade C+ and above, almost every university, especially the private ones, has been struggling financially. The only solution is for universities to be more innovative in regards to sources of finance.