By Purity Nelima& Kepha Muiruri
Daystar University students from Athi river and valley road campuses held a joint class boycott at the Nairobi campus on Monday, December 4.
Students gathered at 11 a.m. at freedom corner and were asked to wait for student leaders, who were at a meeting with the Commission of University Education (CUE).
Briefing the students after the meeting, the student government said that even the Commission of University Education (CUE) is aware of the “rot” in Daystar and will be coming to audit Daystar for the whole week starting tomorrow.
“Tumetoka [we have come from the] CUE hata hao wanasema [they too say] there is rot in Daystar and because of that wankuja kesho [they shall be coming tomorrow] for the whole week to audit this institution,” said Alloys Otieno, valley road president.
The classes boycott took place despite the vice chancellor’s notice sent to student emails to warn against disruption of classes, terming it as a criminal offence.
“Disruption of classes or examinations is a criminal offence and any student found to engage in such acts shall be dealt with according to the law,” read the email in part.
The student government still insists that there will be no classes despite lecturer raising concerns.
“Lecturers have complained to the vice chancellor, that there are no students in class. So they do not understand why they are forced to be in class,” Alloys said.
“Kama CUE ina acknowledge [if the commission acknowledges], who are we to be in school?” he added.
This was the case in Valley Road, while the students at the Athi River campus carried on with their lectures.
“For the first time in days, we have had a typical school day. I did not expect it, but I actually had back to back classes,” says Michelle Owuor, a Business student.
DUSA maintains their call for Vice Chancellor’s resignation, but made it clear that this was not as a result of personal grievances.
“We want to make it clear that we do not have a problem with him [the Vice Chancellor] as a person but as a Vice Chancellor”, Athi River president Karwitha Kirimi said.
(CUE and Ministry of Education were erroneously used interchangably in this article .Further editing was done upon clarification)