Government stops hiring of university staff on permanent, pensionable terms

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. [File picture, Standard]

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday halted further opening of satellite campuses across the country and urged stakeholders to re-examine how public universities in Kenya are run.

Speaking at a forum on the review of the growth and development of public universities at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Matiang’i said that satellite campuses had turned into employment  dumps where politicians forced the university heads to employ people of their own choice.

Matiang’i also ordered universities to stop hiring staff on permanent and pensionable terms with immediate effect saying new staff will get their contracts from January 2018.

The CS told the forum that all financial matters in public universities will be addressed by a universities funding board that would be in charge of channeling finances to all the public universities.

The Government has further ordered a clean-up of all universities, especially the one that inherited staff from university colleges.