CUE approves closure of three universities

A regulator has recommended shutting down of a private university while two others have been given a year to put their house in order.
The Commission for University Education, in a multiagency report that has since been submitted to Acting Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, recommended that the letter of interim authority awarded to Presbyterian University of East Africa be revoked.
It also called for a forensic financial audit of Kenya Methodist University and Catholic University of Eastern Africa in a January 22 report.
The commission proposed that CUEA and KeMU be given a year to restructure their operations and get in a sound financial footing, failure to which their charters be nullified.
The fate of Presbyterian University of East Africa, which received its letter of interim authority in 2007, now lies in the hands of Dr Matiang’i.
The report adds that given the insolvency of the three universities, a forensic audit be undertaken to establish their financial stability, suitability and ability to function optimally.
The team visited the institutions in September and inspected them, specifically on governance, management, financial stability and students’ welfare.
In December, Dr Matiang’i said the government would revoke letters of interim of universities that had gone beyond the stipulated period.
A university is required to have a letter of interim for a period not exceeding eight years.

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