By NATION Reporter
All former students expelled or suspended from Kenyatta University will be re-admitted in September, Vice-Chancellor Everett Standa said yesterday.
At the same time, Prof Standa pledged to work with other universities and the recently registered University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) to improve the welfare of the lecturers and other workers at the institutions.
"Following the Government's directive, we will admit all our former expelled or suspended students in the next academic year," he said.
He said all continuing students have resumed studies after a month-long closure following riots that culminated in the dismissal of the former Vice-Chancellor Prof George Eshiwani.
Prof Standa was speaking at the campus when Education minister George Saitoti inaugurated the university council.
Prof Saitoti asked the universities to open up channels of communication to prevent cases of student unrest.
"The universities need to re-examine how the concept of democracy is understood by the university community at large and to re-evaluate how well democracy is being practised," the minister said.
In January, the Government declared amnesty for all past expelled or suspended students and asked the universities to readmit them unconditionally.
Most of the expulsions or suspensions were politically-motivated – the victims mainly being student leaders.
The VC asked the Government to increase bursaries to disabled university students, saying they required specialised facilities to learn, which were expensive.
At the same time, the VC said the university will launch an anti-corruption committee this week to investigate and prevent graft at the institution.
The committee will report its findings to the Anti-Corruption Police Unit for further investigation and prosecution.
He challenged the universities to explore other ways of raising funds to meet their needs.
The Government, he said, would not interfere with university operations, adding the managers will have to take full responsibilities of their institutions.
The ceremony was attended by Education Permanent Secretary Karega Mutahi and the chairman of the council, Dr Onesmo ole Moiyoi.