By ALAL K’Alal
Placement Service board yesterday released the statistical figures of students who will join universities and colleges. According to the statistics, over 72,000 students who sat for their KCSE last year will have the opportunity to join higher institutions of learning. Kenyatta University has been awarded the highest number of students with 5,480 students, closely followed by the University of Nairobi with 5,053. Moi University comes third with a total number of 5,030. Other universities include Jomo Kenyatta University with 2,597 and Egerton with 2,767. This happens at a time when Moi University is experiencing accommodation crisis. The big question now is ‘where will they be accommodated?’. The reporting date still awaits the decision to be made at the senate.
Meanwhile, comrades can now smile all the way to the bank as the Higher Education Loans Board releases money. Most students with bank accounts with KCB and Equity who submitted their application forms prior to June, yesterday had every reason to smile after they realized their accounts had been credited. This comes after comrades raised concerns over the need for loans for their fees and upkeep. By the beginning of the semester, some comrades missed out on rooms due to delay in HELB disbursement while some could not sign in to their rooms since they had not paid at least three quarters of the fee.
Aspirants yesterday returned their nomination papers for consideration and approval by the Dean and Students Electoral Commission. The names of aspirants who are eligible to vie are expected to be released today, Wednesday 13th 2014. Constitutionally, aspiring candidates are supposed to seek nominations from the student fraternity, at least 20% for aspirants in the dockets of Chairperson, Secretary General and Finance; seek approval from school accountants, examination departments and University security officer. Contrary to earlier allegations that one of the aspirants in the docket of Security and accommodation, Justus Aziz, would not seek approval from the security department, it has come out that he has been declared eligible to vie and his fate now lies with the SEC.
Aspirants from the school of Business and Economics have also complained on the time duration they had been given to be nominated. Speaking to the Legacy reporter, Polycarp Rachuonyo, an aspirant in the docket of finance, complained, “I only had yesterday to collect the signatures. It has not been easy doing it and I feel it is unfair for us from the School of Business. The University should work on modalities to accommodate us, and maybe provide our fare to and from Main campus every time we come to campaign here”.
It is believed the university is yet to put up modalities to cater for them when official campaign commences and on the day of election.
National police service yesterday annulled hiring of police in thirty six centers due to malpractices that marred the recruitment process. Already, a case has been filed in high court seeking to cancel the whole process nationwide as a result of malpractices.