Fresh case filed to stop new university funding model

Fresh case filed to stop new university funding model

A file photo of the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and two others have filed a case at the Milimani Law Courts seeking to stop the new higher education funding model.

They argue that the new Higher Education Fund will lock out many students from getting university funds.

Similarly, they argue that the funding model is discriminatory because of the requirement that a student must be above the age of 18 to apply for funding.

According to them, the funding model is a breach is the right to access information.

It is their argument that the president has no powers to make law by himself arguing that the president violated the law in launching the program without following due process.

They claim that the funding violated millions of Kenyans in their quest for quality and affordable education.

"These students will be unable to afford the new prohibitive school fees and be denied their constitutional right to education," they argue.

In accordance with President William Ruto’s directive when he unveiled the new funding model on 3rd May 2023, students from vulnerable and extremely needy households will receive 100 per cent funding while the needy and less needy will get 93 per cent government funding.

A paltry 7 per cent contribution from their households is expected to cover the tuition fees.

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