University student leaders asked to use all available means in addressing problems students face

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ambassador Amina Mohamed has asked University student leaders use all available means in addressing problems students face instead of mounting demonstrations on the streets.

She spoke when she met students’ leaders from over 16 public and private universities in her office on Monday. She was flanked by the Principal Secretary for University education Research, Prof. Japheth Ntiba.

Earlier, the chairman of Strathmore University Student Council, Mr. Alex Ndegwa who presented a memorandum to the CS, said disruptions of academic programmes affected the students through strikes, demonstrations and consequent and closures of the universities was affecting them negatively.

Amb. Amina underscored the need to find different ways of resolving conflicts, without disrupting normal academic programmes or causing harm to life.

She said the Ministry would have regular consultative meetings with University administrations with a view to maintaining harmony and stability necessary for teaching and learning.

Amb Mohamed pledged to hold biennial meetings with University student leaders with a view to strengthening the trust between the administration and students.

She, however, challenged the student leaders to help to avert any action that disrupts learning.

The CS said they had an equal responsibility as leaders to ensure issues and grievances are addressed in a manner consistent with the stability and harmony of Universities require for teaching and learning.

 Among the student leaders were those from the University of Nairobi, Kisii University, Daystar University, Kenyatta University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University, Machakos University, Meru University, Egerton University, Pwani University, Multimedia University, Kabarak University, Dedan Kimathi University, and Muranga University.