VARSITY STRIKE

Egerton university closed after student protests over exam exclusion

In Summary

• Security forces were deployed to the area to restore order as students vacates the premise.

Egerton University's main campus in Njoro, Nakuru county, was closed on Wednesday following student protests.

Students protested against the administration's move seeking to block students with fees areas from sitting exams.

The students went on strike on Wednesday, damaging school property of an unknown value.

The students' association circulated a memo indicating their demands, including the reopening of the portal.

The university Senate held a meeting to address the issue, and ordered the institution be closed with immediate effect.

"Senate at its meetings held on Wednesday 4 December 2019 resolved to close the university with immediate effect until further notice," part of a statement from the academic registrar Mwanarusi Saidi reads.

Security forces were deployed to the area to restore order as students vacated the premises.

The closure comes days after the closing of Maseno Univesity after unrest prompted by insecurity.

Students had demonstrated over the alleged upsurge in rape cases within the varsity premises.

Maseno university VC Prof Julius Nyabundi said on Sunday through a statement that students had failed to inform the school administration of the challenges they were facing.

"Following unrest by students over alleged rape cases reported to have occurred in and off-campus students' residences, and failure by the students to engage university management on structured discussions on the same; the Senate resolved to close the university with immediate effect until further notice,” VC Nyabundi said.