Students at Moi University never cease to have painful experiences. Just a few weeks ago, over 200 students from the institution had threatened to sue the institution if their names did not appear on the graduation list. In what was seen as a revived hope, several of them finally found themselves on the miraculous list. Little did they know that the end of one tragedy was the beginning of another. The hopeful students were yet to wake up to another tragedy from the dramatic institution. The university, through a Tweet dated December 3rd 2019, advertised its 39th graduation, mentioning the amounts to be paid by the students as graduation fee.
For the Ph.D graduates, each candidate is to pay a total of Ksh 8,000 (6,500 graduation fee, and an additional 1,500 alumni fee). Masters and Postgraduate Diploma graduates are to pay 6,000 for graduation fee plus 1,500 alumni fee. Bachelor graduates are to pay 5,500 graduation fee plus an additional 1,500 alumni fee. Lastly, the diploma graduates are to pay 3,000 graduation fee plus an additional 1,500 alumni fee. Focusing on the Bachelor graduates fee, the amount has risen from last year’s Ksh.4,500, an increase of Ksh 2,500.
In an interview with 33 candidates from the varsity, most of them expressed their fear of failing to graduate due to the hiked graduation fee. The students are now pleading with the government to regulate the amount and salvage them from the situation that might bar many of them from graduating. Talking to Hon. Manu Sirikal, an outspoken student leader from Moi University, he expressed high levels of discontentment and promised to engage the administration to reach a consensus.