Kisii University Chancellor Prof Gedfrey Muriuki has pleaded with the Ministry of Education to allocate more funds to the institution saying that the university is underfunded despite the increased student’s population hitting 20,000 students.
Prof. Muriuki was speaking during the 4th graduation ceremony at the university on Friday, December 16 2016.
A total of 3,461 students were conferred with Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees and Masters Degrees.
He also officially opened the newly constructed Sakawa Academic Complex. Following the blast from the commission of university education (CUE) early this year, the chancellor said that the university resolved in closing six of its thirteen branches and transferred the students to main campus and other off-campuses.
He further applauded the graduating class of 2016 and urged them to work hard, be disciplined and focused in their field of profession. “There is a big gap between our monthly expenditures which amounts to over Kshs. 130 million and the Governmental capitation fund of Kshs. 54 million. We thus request MOE to consider us for more funding in line with the tremendous expansion witnessed in the university,” urged the chancellor. However, the chairman of university council Dr. Eng. Sebastian Mwarania lauded the Government for its support which saw the completion of the first infrastructural development phase which included construction of ultra-modern library, lecture halls and Sakagwa Academic Complex. Dr. Mwarania revealed that the second phase including completion of the ICT tower is staged to commence next year. The chairman also indicated that the increase of the students population count from 2000 students during 2013’s chatter award, to the present count of over 20,000, is an evidence of quality education offered in the institution which has led to the mega attraction. The university’s vice chancellor Prof. John Akama referred the institution as major drive in the economic growth within its environs and other parts of the country owing to its high population which make a third of the population in Kisii town. Prof. Akama further presented his word of advice to the graduands in two proverb stated in his native language saying Mosamisa nchore tana koborwa boke and Mokia ng’eria which meant that he who hunts for bees never goes without honey and hard work is wealth respectively. In response to Commission for University Education (CUE) issues, the VC said that measures are being put in place to ensure accreditation of all off-campuses and programmes in the university. “The university provides bases for the increased economic growth in the surrounding especially accommodation business owing to its high population of students. Despite the throwback from CUE, the university is working hard to see all its branches accredited and continue its task of bring education closer through opening more branches,” The Vice Chancellor remarked. Prof. Akama also projected Kisii University as a Centre of Excellence following its recent rank of 10 out of over 30 universities and colleges in Kenya in matters academic excellence and co-curriculum activities.