By David Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- The Kenyan government has
embarked on a new formula of funding higher learning
institutions, but universities are not taking it well.
Known as the
Differentiated Unit Cost (DUC), the formula involves
funding universities based on the courses they offer and
is done through the Universities Funding Board.
which took effect last month, has caused jitters among
some universities that are grappling with financial
managers are, however, not happy with the formula noting
it causes financial burden on the institutions and as a
result they are forced to rely on donors to fund their
government agencies in the education sector have
disputed the claims, saying that the new formula offers
transparency and fairness in funding.
for University Education chairman Chacha
Nyaigotti-Chacha said Thursday the university funding
DUC is likely to revolutionize the funding dynamics as
the implementation takes shape.
“As you are
aware, the model took off with the recent intake
(May/September) and is picking up well as each
university is now able to account for the funding
disbursed by the government,” Chacha said in an
He urged all
universities to compile new enrolment figures to include
bio-data of students, programs they pursue and date of
enrolment. This, he said is aimed at updating the
numbers from the institutions.
according to some managers of universities, the new
model may be short lived.
government idea of funding universities based on the
courses they offer is illogical. In the case of social
sciences, which get little funding compared with medical
science courses yet attract three quarter of the
population of universities, said a professor of one of
the local universities who prefered to be annoymous.
that the new formula, which also uses students’
enrollment numbers, means the more students a university
enrolls, the higher the funding and vice-versa.
according to him, has caused uncertainty in terms of
execution of research, which is the core mandate of
the government would allocate 1,142 U.S. dollars for
each student regardless of academic program annually.
This has been drastically lowered to 666 dollars per
In the DUC
model, all university academic programs have been
grouped into 14 clusters and the cost of teaching each
will require the highest allocation of 5,714 dollars per
academic year. The money will be spent on purchasing all
teaching requirements and remunerating the lecturers
while medicine students will require 5,485 dollars per
year, per student.
(general) will be offered 1,371 dollars per student per
year. This means institutions that offer arts programs
will get less funding compared to the ones offering
technical and science programs.
quality output of any university will be the
differentiating factor for universities, not the numbers
they command especially in the latest prevailing
the recent happenings in the sector including the
outcome of the secondary examination results announced,
it is time for universities to honestly assess
themselves and realize where their quality standing is,”