Shifting the debt from universities to students

Over the past few years, the government has been underfunding university education, leading to a financial crisis that has brought Kenya to a critical juncture. According to the Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC) funding model, the government had committed to covering 80 percent of the financial needs of students who scored the mandatory C+ grade in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams. However, in practice, the government was only disbursing 48 percent of the required funds, as it aimed to fully support all students. Unfortunately, this has led to a reduction in government funding for universities and a decrease in self-sponsored student enrollments. Today,…

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