The education ministry is being held accountable, for failure to explain the allocations of sh7.1bn grants, for State-sponsored students in 30 private universities.
The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, is now considering, ordering a forensic audit into the expenditure on 29,729 students, who were enrolled in the 30 private universities for the last three financial years.
This comes even as University Education Principal Secretary, Simon Nabukwesi, and Universities Funding Board chief finance officer Geoffrey Monari, failed to provide satisfactory responses confirming that students enrolled in private institutions had benefited from State-backed tuition fees.
“This list makes no sense to us. It is an excel worksheet that can’t be authenticated. Before we order a forensic audit, we want you to go back and give us names of beneficiary students at Catholic University of East Africa, Riara, and Daystar University,” said PAC chairman Opiyo Wandayi.
Mr. Nabukwesi has been interrogated on Auditor-General Nancy Gathugu’s finding that the ministry could not confirm receipts of grants, which includes Sh1.97 billion in respect of grants to 30 private universities for 29,729 government-sponsored students in the year to June 2019.