DP Ruto Urged to Address Issues Affecting Universities

UASU leadership during a strike in 2017 [Photo: Hivisasa]

A section of Public University lecturers allied to Deputy President William Ruto, have called on him to address the issues affecting the institutions if elected into office as the next president in the 9th of August General Election.

Speaking in Vihiga County where the DP led Kenya Kwanza Campaigns, the lecturers who were represented by Kibabii University lecturer Aggrey Osogo, decried the failure by the government to honor Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) signed between them and the state.

“Most government public universities do not get adequate funding. That is something that the Kwanza government should look at. One of the things that we have discovered in universities is that when we make collective agreements with the government, the government does not honour those particular CBAs. And as a result, we have numerous strikes in public universities,” said Osogo.

Osogo also decried the low issuance of school loans by the Higher Education Loans Board to the students.

“Because of this, many of the students engage in criminal activities. The students should be facilitated well,” he said.

This comes as the Universities Academic Staff Union of Kenya (UASU), has on a number of occasions announced strike actions by the professors, after the government failed to meet the CBAs.

In 2021 August, the professors were protesting the failure by the government to honor the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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