November 28, 2014
Mr Henry Rotich
The National Treasury
Treasury Building, 14th Flr
Dear Mr Rotich,
RE: ABUSE OF REGULATORY POWERS TO LEVY PUBLIC FEES:
The shock steep rise in regulatory fees by The Commission for University Education (CUE), refers.
That every student enrolled in all universities (especially public ones) will pay Sh1000 (Bachelors); Sh1,500 (Masters); Sh2,000 (PhD) and Sh800 (Post Graduate Diploma), and considering the ever-rising enrollment is not only irrational, unreasonable but unnecessary. This is in addition to higher fees for other CUE services. All these costs will be borne by consumers of higher education. As such, we write to strongly oppose the move by CUE and other regulatory agencies on the following grounds;
(a) This will make the cost of public universities unaffordable for many Kenyan families and will lead to many dropouts. Again, it will aggravate the already worse inflation levels.
(b) There is no equivalent increment of student loans by the Higher Education Loans Board
(c) There was no known public consultation as required by the appropriate laws. In essence, the Gazette Notice by CUE is a plain illegality.
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