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University of Nairobi Suspends All Self Sponsored Students Programme

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The University of Nairobi has suspended all self-sponsored students programme (SSP). In a letter by the university council chairperson Prof Julia Ojiambo, the council arrived at the decision following a meeting held on Tuesday last week.

“The council in its meeting held on November 19, 2019 comprehensively deliberated on the establishment and function of the Centre for Self-Sponsored Programme (CESSP)”, read a part of the statement.

Following this, functions under the CESSP including staff and students have been redeployed and will be managed together with the regular programme. This is in a bid to cut on management costs and improve efficiency.

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Letter by University of Nairobi council suspending all self-sponsored students programme

What is self-sponsored programme (SSP)?

The self-sponsored program (SSP), popularly know as Module 2 programme, is where the university receives applications, interviews and admits students for various courses outside the admissions done by the Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS). The students absorbed through this programme always pay higher fees compared to those absorbed via KUCCPS, also known as regular or module 1 students.

This programme has always been seen as a way of university doing business. It is said that the university largely relied on the fees paid by students in this programme to run its daily affairs. It has come under a lot of criticism from various quarters.

Many critics

It has in deed been an unpopular programme with some quarters. Former University of Nairobi student leader Karl Max was an ardent critic of the programme, always questioning how the university can be in business without compromising academic standards. Those admired to this programme usually are those who failed to make it through the KUCCPS admission for not having attained the prerequisite university entry grades and points. Many argue that allowing them entry into the university to pursue courses they didn’t qualify for is a kin to lowering the quality of university education in the country.

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