Private universities under fire for overcharging state-sponsored students

A petition has been brought before Kenya’s Education Committee in the National Assembly accusing numerous private universities of flouting the set school fees by the government.

The institutions are reported to be collecting extra school fees from what the state-sponsored students should pay.

A sponsored student should pay $160 per semester, but according to the petition, the Catholic University of Eastern African charges $240 and Mount Kenya University $250.

Other institutions such as Nazarene University, Kenya Methodist, and KCA are purported to be charging more than $200.

The petitioners said the institutions' move had impacted students negatively as some miss their transcripts due to fee balances.

Some students have been forced to defer their studies after missing exams and, in other scenarios, dropped out because of fees problems.

This comes few hours after the Ministry of Education directed public secondary schools to refund excess fees they collected from parents or treat them as prepayment of fees for continuing students.

The ministry said it had received complaints from parents and the general public about the schools charging fees besides that which the government recommended.

Director of Secondary and Tertiary Education Paul Kibet also ordered County and Sub County Directors of Education to immediately report schools charging illegal fees.

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