University comrades through their leaders have taken it upon themselves to write to President Uhuru urging him to reopen institutions in September.
Kenyans.co.ke reports that Kenyatta University Students Union President Bernard Karanja, who is as well the University Presidents Council (UPC) Secretary General, the union is expected to table a petition in Parliament to the same effect on Wednesday, August 26.
In their letter to the country boss, the students lament of stalled academic activities despite the reopening of numerous sectors of the economy:
“It is in the brokenesmagohas of spirit that as true leaders, Our people wish for you to direct the Ministry of Education to reconsider its position on reopening of universities and further that all the universities that have met the MOH and WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines reopens by latest mid-September.”
They also noted their displease indicating that Education CS George Magoha did not seek their opinion when implementing the Covid-19 containment measures in education.
“Address the sad state of the Ministry of Education where decisions are made by a few and pushed down the throats of the comrades with zero consultation,” an excerpt of the letter read.
Karanja noted that stalling academics will further affect students who have already suffered in the hands of expenses more so those that have been struggling financially.
Some students have spent more more years on four-year degree programs.
“We incorporated the council in February 2020. We are trying to push for the reopening of the universities. According to what the CS has said, the ministry is ready to open the schools because the curve is flattening,” Karanja stated.
Among the members of the UPC who signed the letter are Technical University of Kenya Students Association Chairperson (Cliff Oketch), Multimedia University of Kenya’s (Jenniffer Mukami), Moi University (Albert Maloba), Dedan Kimathi University (John Theuri), Cooperative University of Kenya (Brian Obiero) and Strathmore University (Shannon Mujera).