Kenyan Govt Orders Closure Of JKUAT -Kigali Campus    

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The Kenyan government has ordered closure of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)-Kigali campus, following a report that found them providing poor education.

The Kenyan education ministry gave the order following a High Court verdict, following a government statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the East African two universities have been ordered by the Kenyan government to cease operations in Tanzania and Rwanda.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) Kigali campus was not operational by the the Kenyan government after it was forced to close for performing poorly in a recent higher education quality audit.

All its academic programmes were suspended. Kenyatta University. JKUAT spent Ksh10 million ($100,000) to start the Arusha centre and Ksh21 million ($210,000) for the Kigali campus. The Arusha campus was established in 2010 while the other in 2012. Last year, the university sacked its director of the Kigali campus.

Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i directed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), which have campuses in Kigali shut down.

The decisions by Jkuat and Kenyatta University to set up campuses in Rwanda was riddled with controversies.

Matiang’i also noted: “In this respect, I urge the university council to deliberate on the way forward on the existence of the two campuses with a view of winding them up.”

Kenyatta University acting vice-chancellor Paul Wainaina Thursday confirmed that the university will close its Tanzania and Rwanda campuses.

“We received written instructions and KU is already working on the process of withdrawing and closing the campus,” said Prof Wainaina.

JKUAT management was also last week in Tanzania to access the situation.

Kenyatta University set up the campus in Rwanda at Ksh370 million ($3.7m) while the Arusha campus cost Ksh53 million ($530,000).

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