By Linda Ngari
The Commission for University Education (CUE) today met with the students in their audit of Daystar University that began yesterday, December 5. A total of 30 student representatives from various schools in the varsity attended the meeting, in a bid to discuss the state of the facilities offered by the school.
The criteria used to choose these representatives, according to Dean Community Life, Dr. James Karau, was determined by the Heads of School Departments (HODs) and Deans.
“The administration was the one determining the students in the meeting through the HODs and Deans. They gave the representatives through officials of various school bodies such as SCOBEC [School of Business and economics] among others,” said Dr. Karau.
Issues raised in the meeting include the many general units that students have to take before getting to the units of their particular courses, sexual harassment cases, rare presence of some HODs, the unavailability of some lecturers at the Athi River campus, inadequacy of music and actuarial science lecturers, higher tuition fees for Valley Road students and outdated books in the library.
“The CUE themselves realized that there is a problem in the school. They for instance wondered how students have to pay Ksh150 to and fro just to attend a class using their school buses. Some courses like teaching are not recognized in this school as well,” said Martin Kamau, Actuarial Science student representative at the meeting.
Phytheous Kilonzo, SCOBEC treasurer, and representative of the school of business in the meeting is confident that the meeting will in turn be fruitful in changing the situation in the varsity.
“I am confident that something good will come out of the discussion with CUE. We gave them our grievances and the negatives were more than the positives. It is not right to be living under the current circumstances.”