By Linda Ngari Linda8ngari@gmail.com
Police officers were spotted among both the Athi River and Valley Road campuses of Daystar University as some of the students reported back. This, just like the emails from the school administration warning those intending to disrupt classes, is said to be a measure that ensures those who want to learn do so in a conducive environment.
“Police presence noticed on both campuses should be understood in the right context, intention of which is to ensure non-disruption of classes,” reads part of a message from the corporate affairs manager, Damaris Kimilu.
In spite of this, the student government still holds the position that classes should not resume as the issues earlier presented are not yet resolved. It was also communicated through an email from the Daystar University Students Association (DUSA), that the decision to resume class, is against what was discussed at the meeting held between parents, student leaders and the university council on Monday November 27.
“It is unfortunate to note that the office of the Vice Chancellor chose to disregard the resolutions of the meeting. Council agreed that Senate should rescind the reopening date of 29th November,” read the email in part.
In light of this, students who attended classes this morning were asked to get out by the student leaders.
“The class I attended this morning, we were asked out by student leaders,” said Anita Wamiru, a communication student.
The administration however has come up with more stringent methods to curb any interruption of classes, saying that academic decisions are not matters to do with the university council, but the senate.
“This decision was reached at and upheld by the Senate on Monday following the student/Council meeting. Senate is the University body mandated to make decisions on academic matters,” read an email from the corporate affairs office.
This was then followed by another email from the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs warning, “Any student attempting to disrupt learning and examination process will be held individually accountable and liable.”
It therefore remains a battle between the administration and the student leaders’ words with a section of students questioning the necessity for armed police officers .
“An armed police presence is uncalled for to students who have been shot at and tear gassed before, yet you are trying to bring them into a learning environment,” commented David Irungu, a computer science student.