NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Kenyatta University has announced re-opening dates following closure after last week’s riots, but the administration maintains that those who have not met the registration deadline will not be allowed to sit for examinations.,
A statement from the Acting Academic Registrar John Koga issued on Tuesday said that the second semester exams had been rescheduled to start on Monday March 30.
The 2008 Group will report on Friday 27, while the group of 2006 and below will be readmitted on Saturday 28. The 2007 Group reports on Sunday 29.
“Only those students who had registered (paid fees and registered for units) for the 2nd Semester 2008/2009 will be allowed into the University and sit for examinations,” the statement said.
“For students who never met registration deadline but had paid some money in the course of the semester, their money will be credited to the next semester starting May 2009 or September 2009.”
The students have also been charged a damage fee of Sh1,000.
“Students are required to bring the bank paying-in slips when they report,” the Registrar said.
The Senate closed the institution last Wednesday after students went on the rampage protesting the administration’s decision to bar those who had not paid school fees from sitting for exams.
The students stoned vehicles and disrupted traffic on the busy Thika-Nairobi highway besides damaging property of unknown value inside the college.
A section of Kenyatta University Students Association (KUSA) on Monday threatened to go to court to challenge the reopening of the institution. The leaders disrupted a press conference called by a group of students who urged the administration to reopen the school so that they could sit for the exams.
The institution has well over 15,000 students. Its Vice Chancellor Olive Mugenda has been credited with rebuilding the image of the institution. Some reports had last month indicated that the institution had been named as the best performing parastatal last year in ratings that are yet to be made public.